Meet NAO, the 58-cm tall humanoid robot!
Born in 2006, it's been constantly evolving to "please, amuse, understand and love you. In short, to one day become your friend." A robot that can love? A.I. anyone?
NAO has been making quite a stir in the education world, both as a teaching tool and classroom assistant. It's been used in 70 different countries at all levels of education and it's fully programmable to meet the needs of it's target audience. Classrooms have integrated this little bot into STEM curriculums to promote hands-on, interactive learning which in turn gets students excited about these important subjects.
I'm currently writing a Research Digest piece on a study that introduced NAO into a classroom of preschoolers to measure its effectiveness as a classroom assistant. In the study, NAO was loaded with KindSAR software, a modified version of the SAR application, that is appropriate for the age-group and setting.