You’ve most likely heard of Sophia the robotic. The close-to-lifelike humanoid has graced the duvet of Cosmopolitan, gone on a date with Will Smith, and made numerous tv appearances.
Now Sophia seems to be multiplying — or no less than diversifying the model.
In November 2018, the Hanson Robotics household grew by one member when Sophia launched the world to her “little sister” throughout an look on “The Tonight Present.” And on Tuesday, Hanson launched a Kickstarter marketing campaign for the brand new robotic, giving others the chance to have a Little Sophia be a part of their households — for a objective, it says, past companionship.
Little Sophia is 14 inches tall with anime-style eyes, a silver physique, and a bald head with a see-through backing — similar to its “massive sister.” The bot additionally shares lots of Sophia’s capabilities, together with its potential to sing, stroll, dance, observe faces, and inform jokes.
However Little Sophia’s major objective is extra academic.
In response to the Kickstarter marketing campaign, every Little Sophia comes with a companion app that enables goal customers — a baby between the ages of seven and 13 — to program the bot utilizing the Blockly and Python languages.
“We consider that Little Sophia may also help to introduce STEM, coding, and AI to kids — particularly ladies — in a enjoyable, secure, inspiring, and interactive means,” reads the Kickstarter marketing campaign.
Hanson set a purpose of $75,000 for its Kickstarter marketing campaign. As of the time of writing, it has raised simply over $60,000 with 58 days to go, so there’s an excellent probability the marketing campaign will likely be successful.