MiRo-E, the Advanced Robotic Platform for Research and Education
MiRo-E is a highly specified, flexible, low-cost, programmable AI robotic platform developed to mimic normal domestic animal-like behavior. Create fun and socially engaging classroom experiences for every student. Using a MiRo-E can create a diverse and collaborative classroom experience where everyone and anyone can be involved! Watch your pupils delight in writing programs that bring their robots to life! MiRo-E can see, hear and interact with its environment providing endless programming possibilities that will push students’ creativity. As a result, students learn quickly, enjoy STEM subjects and produce physical results that can be related and applied to real-world issues.
- 3rd Generation MiRo-E has been completely re-engineered and evolved for education from our previous version for University developers.
- Using a smartphone to easily configure it to exhibit pet-like behavior in pastoral / demonstration mode works straight out of the box.
- Flexible platform for learning robotics coding from primary school first principle to high-level university research.
- An easy-to-learn programming interface has been specially designed to provide an attractive and accessible method of coding and simulating MiRo.
Simulate MiRo-E’s behavior on screen using a computer-based Gazebo program, which means a whole class can work on programming and only need one or two MiRo-E per classroom.
- Emotionally Engaging personality that is friendly, familiar, and non-threatening.
- State of Art Biomimetic AI technology replicates a small mammal’s behavior.
- It has a powerful Raspberry Pi B 3+ processor incorporated and loaded with software.
- Fully programmable, serviceable, and upgradeable by a user with moderate experience.
- The unique Brain-Based Biomimetic Control System [3BCS] was developed by Sheffield University and in Bristol Robotics Lab.
- Online support system based in our Bristol Labs with regular software updates.
- Communicates using WiFi / Bluetooth / USB, which allows:
- Bluetooth set-up and behavior configuration using MiRo-E Android App.
- WiFi gives access to higher-power computing and cloud services.
What does Miro Do?
MiRo-E is programmed to react to humans and other MiROs through recognition, movement, sound, and light. It is autonomous in a demonstration / pastoral care model. It responds to touch, stroking and sound. It is a proven flexible & helpful tool for sophisticated university research. For example, it could potentially help with therapy for neurological conditions [from SEN to dementia], and we are pursuing research in these areas.
- MiRo is proving to be helpful as a pastoral and cognitive therapy tool, and we are continuing to research more into:
- Special Educational Needs in children and adults.
- High-level university research looking to hack robots or do their custom programming.
The 3rd Gen. MiRo-E has been specifically developed for education, including:
- Primary schools use the physical MiRo-E and the simple to grasp MiRo Educational programming Interface [MiRoCODE] to teach younger pupils basic robotics and coding principles.
- Secondary schools using MiRoCODE with Blockly or Python, or development in Python and C++, programming languages.
- A classroom pet in early school learning [a pastoral care mode is coming soon].
- Research into therapy for Special Educational Needs and older age-related issues.
Advanced students can use a different Linux development environment [our MDK] to explore more complex research and behaviors. What is MiRo’s battery life, and how is it charged? – MiRo comes with a rechargeable battery pack and an inline charger. The battery life varies with usage, but it is approximately 6+ hours active and 12+ hours standby.