Accessibility to AI and Robotics Education with Innovative Tools

Education Technology Insights | Thursday, March 07, 2019

AI is no longer a word of science fiction today. In the form of smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, and many more, it has become an indispensable part of people's existence. The lives of people today revolve around these devices to an unimaginable extent. There is an increase in the use of virtual personal assistants such as Siri and Cortana. Today, if Google maps were not there to guide, people would be helpless to find the location. It is well understood that AI is rapidly advancing and is changing how people are leading their lives. In addition, learning how AI works and its coding language is an essential skill in the work platform.

Robolink is a company responsible for the development of robotic kits and drone kits. Their mission is to help people understand how modern technology works and code it. The company recently launched a new learning tool called Zumi, which is designed as an automated car. It is very helpful in teaching children basic concepts of AI and self-driving vehicle technology.

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Zumi robotic cars are capable of identifying objects, recognizing hand gestures, and learning how to navigate on an interactive track to an optimal route to a destination. The Zumi robotic car sports all the hardware necessary for an AI vehicle, including a Raspberry Pi Zero, a pair of DC motors, an OLED display of 128x 64, Pi Camera, and a host of sensors.

Robolink equipped the Zumi platform with industry-relevant tools used in the development of most self-driving vehicles, such as the open source tensor flow machine learning and the programming library for OpenCV computer vision. This is used to train Zumi to drive the test track autonomously.

Robolink's Zumi project has won an award–CES 2019 Best of Innovation Award in Robotics & Drone.

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Users can program Zumi through the web-based drag-and-drop IDE or Python from Robolink, and more advanced developers can write their own code for self-driving vehicle experiments using TensorFlow or Keras. The AI platform also has interactive tutorials to help programmers, robotics, and AI. Zumi is a nice addition to the already crowded robotics and programming education tools field that will help differentiate them by emphasizing AI and self-driving car angles.

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