ROBINS: the robot to teach Spanish to deaf children

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An ambitious project from oscar Julian Perdomo Charry. This friendly robot is packed with goodies and wants to teach reading to deaf children.


The present project will focus on evaluating and intervening in these fundamental steps of reading through the use of an interactive Robot termed ROBINS from the Spanish ROBot Interactivo para Niños Sordos. ROBINS is a 3D-printed robot with a touch-screen to program several activities and games, and two OAK-D cameras with artificial intelligence to automatically detect sign language (camera one) and sadness, anger, or disgust expressions (camera two) during the activities. In addition, ROBINS can move the eyes, mouth, eyebrows, and cheekbones to express happiness when the kid does correctly the task and surprise when the kid does not. Therefore, early detection and properly-friendly interaction can help reduce the frustration and lack of empathy presented in the classroom (Khan et al, 2019). We hypothesize that robotics plus artificial intelligence must work together to tackle similar problems with low-cost robots that support the education of deaf kids with automatic facial expressions and sign language recognition to ensure proper interactions.

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