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The first toddlers-optimized, AI-based social robot supporting early and friendly 2nd language acquisition

Project description

Robot teaches toddlers second language

Children around the world start learning English as a second language in primary school. But preschool age (1-4 years) is a critical period for learning a second language. Early second language learning in toddlers is effective when associated with social interaction and curiosity stimulation. Existing solutions are ineffective, not scientifically validated, and often costly. The EU-funded ROBOTOD project will develop an innovative robot that is simple and appealing to the infant, not dependent on screens or speech recognition, cost-affordable and academically validated. Loaded with artificial intelligence (AI) and sensors, the innovation aims to support toddlers’ physical interactions and teamwork with parents and stimulate child curiosity. The robot relies on the linguistic experience of Helen Doron.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
42 Nof Smedot St
4659445 Herzliya

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 21 429,00