Changing the world with advanced social robotics.
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 Milo 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
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.
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.
- 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)
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
Dementia and Alzheimer TherapyBest 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 DevelopmentEarly 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 ReadingA 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.
Our Team Behind the Machines
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.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
A professional of the education technology industry since its early days in the 1990s, Mr. Baird has held executive leadership titles, sales and marketing positions, and has worked as an industry consultant for both education startups and established vendors in the education marketplace. Most recently, Mr. Baird was Chief Revenue Officer for Schoology where he was responsible for the strategic direction of the company, helping solidify Schoology as a market-leading Learning Management System (LMS) used by educators and students around the world.
Prior to joining, Schoology Mr. Baird served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for International Learning Corporation (ILC). Mr. Baird was also one of the founding members of GlobalScholar. During his tenure of more than a decade with the company, he served as COO and VP of Sales and Marketing at both GlobalScholar and its predecessor, Excelsior Software Inc. During this time, Mr. Baird was responsible for managing all revenue channels including sales, renewals and support.
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.
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.