Posted on

Homework robot for sale

Moxie is a $1,500 robot for kids

The latest educational tech comes in the form of a seven-pound robot that looks like something ripped out of a Pixar movie. Moxie, an adorable educational robot, is designed for teaching kids at home. But it’s expensive: the robot itself is $1,500, and it requires a $60 monthly subscription after the first year.

Embodied, the robotics and AI company behind Moxie, says the robot will teach kids ages six through nine using weekly themes and lessons designed to promote cognitive, emotional, and social learning. Kids will be tasked with helping Moxie explore and learn human experiences and life skills, like learning new words or chatting about significant experiences like going to the dentist. Parents will be able to control Moxie through a “parent app,” which will let them check their child’s progress and limit their Moxie usage.

Privacy and security issues have been a big concern when it comes to making educational tech for kids, and Moxie is unlikely to be an exception. Moxie’s data will be encrypted, with parents or guardians being the only ones able to access the data for their particular unit, Embodied founder Paolo Pirjanian said during an interview with Fast Company. But Moxie still has a lot of tech that can be used for interacting with and monitoring those nearby: it has four microphones inside its head and a camera located on the front. Other kids’ tech, like a smart Barbie and an attempted smart kids speaker, have run into controversy due to the privacy implications of building microphones into toys meant for kids.

Several companies have tried to make friendly robots to interact with at home in recent years. There’s Aibo, Sony’s $2,900 robotic pet, plus Jibo, a family robot that was successfully crowdfunded only to flop a couple years into its life span.

Moxie is slated to be released sometime this fall. Fast Company did a deep dive into Embodied’s design process behind the product.

This Robot Will Do Your Homework

Summer break is still a couple of months away, but you can escape early with Homework Helper — a 12-inch Wi-Fi-enabled robot that will take your place in class.

With more than 8GB of storage space, Homework Helper records audio and video, takes notes and will even do your homework for you.

The best part? Homework Helper has already been approved by the Teachers Society of America. So you can put it to work immediately.

Sound to good to be true? That’s because it is.

This prank first appeared in the April issue of Boys’ Life magazine. Take a look at the full page below:

Mom discovers daughter bought robot to do her homework, destroys it

Thanks for contacting us. We’ve received your submission.

Originally Published by:
  • The world’s largest bee is back from the dead after nearly four decades
  • Bored pilot draws penises on the flight radar with his plane
  • Science might have finally figured out why zebras have stripes

We’ve gone from the days of “The dog ate my homework” to “The robot did my homework for me.”

According to a report from a Chinese newspaper, a young schoolgirl there recently spent the 800 yuan (equivalent to about $120) that she’d saved from Lunar New Year presents to buy herself a robot — one that she didn’t buy because it looked cool or she just likes robots.

Rather, she had a specific purpose in mind for the machine — doing her handwriting homework assignments for her, the kind that are common in China and involve writing down phrases from textbooks that help with learning the Chinese language and characters.

According to the South China Morning Post, the girl’s mother discovered the robot while she was cleaning her daughter’s room. And, predictably, she smashed it to teach the girl a lesson.

The mom apparently realized something was possibly amiss when her daughter was able to complete all her homework in just two days, with neat penmanship, despite also juggling festivities and travel that seemed to leave little time to get the work done.

The news about the young girl’s inventiveness actually sparked a flood of sympathetic comments from Chinese social media users.

“Give her a break, how meaningful is copying anyway?” one commenter noted on Weibo, the popular social media platform in China, per the New York Times.

“Proficiently reading and writing in Chinese requires knowing thousands of characters,” the newspaper continued. Copying them in repeated exercises is a steppingstone in Chinese education to learning how to freely write them — and students are also sometimes asked to transcribe a literary text from memory, according to the Times.

It’s tedious work, though, which explains why the girl turned to her robot for help.

It’s also not just students in China sometimes turning to these stylus-gripping robots.

The South China Morning Post found one teacher who acknowledged using one of these robots herself for lesson preparations.

Interestingly, she’d spent a week writing 6,000 Chinese characters to create her own font, but she said nobody could tell the difference between the robot’s writing style and her own.