LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#EducationalRobots–Technavio’s latest report on the global
educational robots market provides an analysis on the
most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from
defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to
significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.
The top four emerging trends driving the global educational robots
market according to Technavio industrial
automation research analysts are:
- Robot teachers in classroom
- Gamification in learning
- Rise in investment through VCs
- Development of educational robots with high AI
Robot teachers in classroom
Majority of the educational institutes experience a lack of required
educational qualifications among teachers which has prompted many
countries worldwide to invest in the education sector to strengthen the
current infrastructure and meet the demand for hi-tech institutions. As
teachers are also not unable to deliver lectures continuously or provide
solutions in a limited time, educational institutes are deploying robots
to assist students in learning.
EngKey is a robot that teaches English. It is deployed in the coastal
city of Masan in South Korea, which is one of the early adopters of
robot-learning. The first initiative was a part of a pilot program
launched by the South Korean government in two elementary schools. At
present, the government is initiating plans to expand its robot learning
program that serves a variety of educational purposes. By the end of
2016, the South Korean government is expected to deploy more than 2,000
robot teachers in several elementary schools in the country.
Gamification in learning
Gamification involves various principles of theory of gaming
applications that enable individuals to learn through practical
experience. Companies are developing various gaming robots and learning
content to leverage the learning process.
Several providers offer educational robots that enable video learning to
engage students. With the emergence of web resources and bandwidth
utilization, the cost of video production and promotion has become low. “The
learning processes through robot-based video learning games have
increased the interest of educational institutions in interactive
learning methods. These advances in learning technologies are expected
to fuel the growth of the global educational robots market in the coming
years,” says Bharath Kanniappan, a lead analyst at Technavio for
research on robotics.
Rise in investment through VCs
Consumers have shown sustained interests in connected toys for kids in
the recent years. Toy connectivity has become a fundamental feature of
play, which is prompting new robotics technology start-ups to enter the
USD 80-billion toy industry. They are challenging the established toy
vendors by using advanced digital technologies to create better
connected-toy play experiences. The connected toys include
smartphone-controlled robots, programmable educational robots, and
toys-to-life (whereby a physical figurine becomes a virtual character
inside a video game).
Several venture capitalists (VCs) have invested approximately USD 310
million in connected toy start-ups with more than one-third of the share
coming in 2015 to support these growing start-ups.
Development of educational robots with high artificial intelligence
High R&D investments in robotics have led to the development of robotics
with AI. Manufacturers are developing humanoid robots with advanced
technologies that can connect to humans. Voice recognition and
proprietary algorithms that can detect human emotions from expression
are also incorporated in robots. “These algorithms enable robots
to learn motor tasks through trial and error methods, and closely
approximate the way humans learn. The robots can understand phrases,
sentences, and simple commands. They respond to preset commands as well
as learn and adapt to responses as required,” explains Bharath.
In 2015, Softbank, a Japan-based multinational telecommunication and
Internet company, started selling the emotion-sensing robot Pepper, with
1,000 robots sold for USD 1,600 each within a minute of launch. This
robot can read a person’s emotions, and portrays emotions of its own. It
also displays complex emotions such as being at ease around people it
knows, happy when praised, and scared when the lights go down. This
interactive robot is designed to help people grow, enhance their lives,
facilitate relationships, and entertain users.
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