Changing the world with advanced social robotics.

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RoboKind is the world leader in humanoid social robotics. We design and build robots with advanced capabilities that enable people to engage with robots personally and socially.

Our advanced social robots are purpose-built for autism intervention, special education, STEM instruction and university research. We can deliver full courseware and therapies created by subject matter experts, and include appropriate interaction for both verbal and non-verbal learners.

Most robotics companies create robots that just move and perform functions. Our robots, however, are created to be more humanistic with unparalleled technology that produces the most lifelike robots in the world. RoboKind robots feature the ability to walk, talk, teach, and think while using life-like facial expressions and natural social interactions.

The RoboKind team includes some of the nation’s top experts in robotics, artificial intelligence, and electrical, mechanical and software engineering. Together, we engineered breakthrough technology to create the interactive and facial expression possible in humanoid robots including Einstein, Diego-san and Zeno R25.

The RoboKind Difference

  • Robots with high-level artificial intelligence (have conversations, measure interest, learning and frustration, deliver education, determine when to re-engage and respond to facial expressions and gestures)
  • Realistically displays human facial expressions and emotions
  • Robots can assess the emotional and interest levels of the participants through facial recognition and adjust the lesson to continue learning
  • Data capture and video recording of sessions assists teachers, facilitators and parents in viewing progress and planning future learning activities
  • Utilizes robot/student/tablet interactions
  • Manufactured for real uses around the world in research, treatment, and education
  • The first affordable advanced social robot

RoboKind Mission

Our mission is to design and build affordable social robots that interact with people more naturally and personally than ever before. We hope our robots can help people learn and grow as they benefit from our robot’s unique capabilities.

 

Current Products:

 

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Robots4Autism™ is a comprehensive autism intervention program that features purpose-built humanoid robots to deliver developmental instruction modules for emotional and social behaviors. It creates high-level engagement between the student and the robot and allows students to progress at their own speed with lesson repetition. Valuable real time data of student participation, time on task, eye contact and progress is reported which is not easily collected by staff without using the camera and software technology of the robot.

Given the financial constraints facing schools today, Robots4Autism is the first affordable humanoid robot built for autism intervention. Our robot, Milo, appeals to the mechanical strengths and interests of children on the spectrum bridging academic success with developmental needs behaviorally and socially.
 
 

Robots4Autism Difference

  • Unparalleled human like expressions, gestural bodies and eyes, face tracking, and conversational artificial intelligence
  • Programmed to deliver innovative research-based curriculum to teach social understanding
  • Consistent lesson delivery with ability to redirect and keep children learning
  • Nonthreatening interaction improves the child’s ability to learn and practice social behaviors in natural contexts
  • Quick and high level engagement between the student and the robot
  • Students learn at their pace with lesson repetition
  • Real time data of student participation (time on task, eye contact, progress)

 
 

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RoboSTEPS™ is an innovative computer science courseware that uses action-driven humanoid robots, programmable avatars and animation to teach real world cognitive and reasoning skills, and scientific concepts and applications. This full year high school computer science and programming course is delivered via eBooks and provides each student with their own avatar to program in Java. Students are delighted to control an actual expressive interactive humanoid robot. RoboSteps is an easy add-on to enhance or extend existing computer science coursework, and also provides ideal learning opportunities for a robotics club or computer science competition.

Teachers appreciate the comprehensive instructional guides that provide detailed lesson plans with directed learning activities. These inquiry-based and project-based assignments for individual, team and class participation create high level excitement and fun for students and teachers alike. The course is designed to promote cooperative learning and problem solving with all levels of students from their very first lesson.
 
 

The RoboSTEPS Difference

  • A scaffolding curriculum introduces students to computer science, programming and robotics through project-based coursework
  • The activities promote problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative skills while integrating computers, computational concepts, technology and emerging scientific developments into cross-discipline instruction
  • Affordable and scalable to meet educational budgets
  • Compliments the core standards of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and aligns to the National Science Education (NSES), Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and National Education Technology (NETS) standards
  • Teachers utilize 5E learning concepts of engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate
  • Includes easy-to-access eBooks with project-based activities for students, and comprehensive lessons plans and weekly planners for teachers

 

 

Future Products:

Dementia and Alzheimer Therapy

Best practices created by experts in the field utilizes our expressive RoboKind humanoid robot and tablets to allow patients more frequent and longer personalized interactions per day. Therapies and increased frequency are designed to reduce the rate of progressive disease onset and improve the patient’s daily mood and outlook while providing patient evaluation statistics that are recorded by the robot.

Foreign Language Development

Early introduction of foreign languages provides children –in ages 3- 7 with the ability to acquire the language earlier and more fluently through the expressive interactions with the robot and tablet. It provides a personalized language instructor who can read to the child, ask questions, and react to pronunciations of words. Classroom programs for schools will be available in Chinese, French, Spanish and English as a second language.

Early Childhood Reading

A robot /tablet reading program that is designed to provide a unique personalized pre-K-3 library of age and reading level appropriate selections used by parents and teachers. Used for early acquisition of prerequisite vocabulary and reading skills, the program provides the readiness language skills to accelerate reading readiness and achievement.

 

RoboKind Personnel

Our Team Behind the Machines

Fred Margolin

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND FOUNDER

Mr. Margolin is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and received his B.A. at The Wharton School of Business, The University of Pennsylvania. He has spent the bulk of his career as CEO of a variety of startup companies, many of which have been acquired. These include US- Restaurant Properties –NYSE-USV, which was acquired by GE; Intercon general agency which was acquired by Security of Hartford; Indoor Direct, sale pending and Texas AllRisk.

Richard Margolin

DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING AND FOUNDER

Mr. Margolin received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, he also studied cognitive and computational neuroscience at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. Prior to founding RoboKind he performed robotics research at The Manufacturing Automation and Robotic Systems (MARS) Lab, and the Heracleia Human Centered Computing Lab. He was also a researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern’s Biotech and Informatics laboratory, as well as University of Texas at Dallas’s Nanotech Institute where he developed nano-scale materials, actuators and sensors. Richard has been designing and building humanlike robots since 2008 and is the former Director of Hardware for Hanson Robotics.

Claud Bove

DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL SALES AND MARKETING

Claude Bove is a seasoned sales executive with extensive experience in educational sales to purchasing decision makers in the educational marketplace. He received his BA from St. Johns University and has over 25 years experience with sales management including professional development and creation of direct and independent sales organizations. Particular strengths include strategic planning and budgeting, recruiting, training and motivating high performance sales teams. A consistent track record of building a sales culture which is goals oriented, while simultaneously growing sales, revenue, improving profit, increasing customer satisfaction while dramatically impacting student achievement.

Matt Stevenson

DIRECTOR OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Mr. Stevenson received his BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has performed research at Yale’s Social Robotics Laboratory, University of Texas at Arlington’s Next Generation Systems Laboratory and The Dallas Autistic Treatment Center. He is the chief architect of RoboKind’s software platforms. Before his concentration in robotics and artificial intelligence Mr. Stevenson developed financial software tools for one of the world’s largest financial institutions where he became experienced in releasing stable software.

Joshua Jach

DIRECTOR OF ELECTRONICS

Mr. Jach received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He has extensive project and design experience and is creating the computers and electronics in RoboKind’s Robots.  He has worked for General Motors and Nuclear Logistics Incorporated.

Stuart Baurmann

DIRECTOR OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DEVELOPMENT

Mr. Baurmann is alumni of both The University of California Berkley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); he studied electrical engineering, control systems, mathematics and robotics. His postgraduate research was conducted at Berkley’s EECS Robotics laboratory under Dr. Ron Fearing.   Mr. Barman is a seasoned expert in semantic artificial intelligence, systems integration, modular, extensible code-structure, and GUI authoring tools for applications. As the founder of Scrutable Systems, Logic U., and Texpedient Solutions, Stuart has 20 years of commercial software development experience, with numerous deployments of Web 2.0, OWL, and RDF, and ontologies, and educational and customer service applications.

Kino Coursey, PhD.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ARCHITECT

Dr. Coursey received his Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Texas and his Masters and PhD at the University of North Texas.  During his graduate studies he provided support and interface between two open projects: OpenCog, an open source artificial general intelligence system, and OpenSim, a virtual world simulator. The result was Cogbot which has been extended to provide a conversational engine for use with RoboKind systems. He is a member of the IEEE computer Society and the American Society for Information Science and Technology. He spent 6 years as a Knowledge Engineer for General Dynamics and is the inventor of a Motorola patent for a Wireless Two-Way Messaging System.  Dr. Coursey’s ongoing work focuses on pattern based parsers for use with chatbots, virtual human experimentation and basic knowledge entry of logical relationships as well as tools capable of creating character personalities for knowledge systems.

David Hanson, PhD

VISIONARY

Dr. Hanson’s work in rubber and sculpture resulted in the amazing breakthrough of Frubber™. He integrates a vast array of disciplines including engineering, philosophy and art to further the development of “robots as socially adept as any human being.” As an artist, his work in robotics has earned him praise as a “genius” by both PC Magazine and WIRED. Formerly a Walt Disney Imagineer, he received his B.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, and a PhD from The University of Texas at Dallas. David has earned awards from NASA, NSF, and Cooper Hewitt Design, and graced the likes of Time, WIRED, National Geographic and many other publications. David and his robots have appeared on multiple television shows and specials. He has also given a TED talk, been invited to serve on congressional advisory committees and has appeared with his robots at NextFest and other major conferences.

Douglas Miles

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & VIRTUAL WORLD ARCHITECT

Idea to Reality, with over 20 years of experience Douglas has been a valuable employee to defense and intelligence agency contractors in delivering systems that do complex data analysis and show emergent behavior.  His work as an AI applications specialist, semantic data scientist led to several achievements in the private sector as well—mixing declarative and procedural paradigms.  In Douglas’s free time, he regularly contributes to joint international research as well as open source US Military projects. He focuses on intelligent systems with personalities and goals, which operate in real world robots and virtual world avatars.  Mr. Miles has a deep and knowledgeable understanding of computer systems including several programming languages, immense experience delivering artificial intelligence products, a deep understanding of data manipulation software and all the hardware necessary to create a multi system computerized data system. Before joining RoboKind he worked for the United States Army Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC) as a lead researcher for the Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy (MOSES) a project evaluating the ability of project evaluating the ability of OpenSimulator to provide independent and secured access to a virtual world.

Tracy Hall

ELECTRONIC PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Mr. Hall received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He has over 25 years of consumer product and toy industry experience and specializes in bringing product from concept to shelf.  He was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for MGA Entertainment, the world’s third largest toy company.  He has been as a product designer and project engineer developing hundreds of consumer products for Mattel, Atari, Casio and many other companies.  His work with RoboKind involves product and market definition as well as design for manufacture.

Michael Andrews

ROBOTIC INTERFACE DESIGNER, SENIOR LECTURER AT OTIS

Mr. Andrews received his Bachelors in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute.  He has worked as a product designer for Mattel, Marx Toys and as a Project Head for eGames, Inc. He brings his talents and experience to RoboKind designing the physical interface for the robots.  He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Otis College of Art and Design as part of the Toy Design program where he teaches classes in 3D Realization of 2D concepts, model building and multiple material sculpting.

Michael Carter, PhD

EDUCATION AND LEARNING IN NEW MEDIA CONSULTING

Dr. Carter is the former Director for Education Research at Apple; he received his BA, MA and PhD from Stanford University and did postgraduate research at Sorbonne at the University in Paris.  He has over 25 years of experience in education and developing eLearning platforms.  At Zookazoo he designed and produced educational and social games for children. He has also been a fellow at the John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation where he helped shape investment strategies for education related to digital media and learning.  Dr. Carter is an advisor to RoboKind helping to develop curriculum and to develop market opportunities and strategic partnerships within education.