Moxie Tutor Time announcement at CES 2024


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Embodied are currently showcasing Moxie at CES 2024 and have posted on Facebook that they will be announcing something big.

This is what they have hinted at in their statement:

A few videos I found on YouTube from Embodied at CES this week:

From the second video where the Embodied representative mentions the word “multimodal” I have a feeling this may be linked to the big announcement which seems to be a feature called Tutor Time.

The representative mentions the next phase for Moxie is Moxie AI which involves Moxie utilising a new feature known as Tutor Time which is where Moxie is able to tutor a student on any subject using educational content.
Video showing the Moxie CES display & AI prize.

Moxie won the top prize for the AI category at CES this year!

Moxie Robot developed by Paolo Pirjanian’s Embodied wins top prize at CES 2024

Moxie, a playful robot developed by Embodied, a company founded by Armenian American Paolo Pirjanian, has received top prize in the “Artificial Intelligence” category at the CES 2024 international consumer electronics exhibition in Las Vegas.

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The Tutor Time upgrade is coming out later this year for an additional cost of around $12 and Moxie is also getting multimodal abilities meaning it will be able to recognise objects in its environment!
The tabletop bot from AI company Embodied makes eye contact and carries on audio conversations with kids and was initially focused on helping children meet social and emotional milestones. Later this year, it’s gaining the ability to engage kids on reading, math, science, and social studies, offering guidance and, says Embodied founder and CEO Paolo Pirjanian, “all the patience in the world” as its users pick up new skills and knowledge.
“It’s not necessarily only for children that are doing really well in school,” he says. “Particularly, it’s for children that are left behind in school—children that are having a hard time following in a classroom for whatever reason there may be.”

Moxie, which retails for $799, is also receiving some other AI upgrades, unveiled Tuesday at the CES. The bots can now recognize up to four children in a family, and soon, says Pirjanian, will be able to recognize other important objects in kids’ lives, like favorite stuffed animals. (For privacy’s sake, video is processed on the bot itself, according to Embodied, and audio gets stripped of personal information.)

In a demo for Fast Company, Moxie guided Pirjanian through an arithmetic problem by instructing him to conceive of multiplication as repeated addition. When Pirjanian arrived at the correct answer, the bot responded encouragingly and told a longer story based on the problem. Positive reinforcement is generally set to be part of the tutoring experience: As users meet learning goals, they’ll be rewarded with the ability to customize the hair, eyes, and sunglasses displayed on Moxie’s face, which appears on a screen on the roughly foot-tall robots.
The tutoring features are likely to require a subscription, expected to cost about $10 or $12 through an annual plan, Pirjanian says.

A new app will also let kids talk to Moxie through a FaceTime-style conversation when they’re away from the bot itself. At the moment, says Pirjanian, kids generally interact with Moxie at home. And adults will also be able to use parent-facing app features to track kids’ progress and suggest topics for Moxie to practice with kids, though children are also always able to suggest a topic to explore.

“The child can proactively say I want to learn about art or I want to learn about history,” says Pirjanian, or they can practice reading to Moxie from a selection of books on which the robot is trained. The bot can play sound effects as children read from the book or describe the pictures and discuss the plot when kids are done.

In general, Moxie is also getting upgrades to its memory, making the bot better able to pick up conversations where they left off, enhanced large language model-powered conversational skills, and improved speech recognition.