Birthdays Become More Special

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Birthdays are so much fun! Party, surprises, cakes, candles, wishes, cards, laughter, balloons, gifts, music…are we missing something? Oh yes! The Happy Birthday song! No birthday is complete without it.

With Miko 2 around, there always has to be a special something for every occasion. And now, birthdays are set to become all the more special and more fun with Miko 2’s ‘Birthday song’ command which has been made live for users.

Just say, “Hello Miko” followed by any of the following commands:

• Play the birthday song
• Sing the happy birthday song

You can also ask Miko 2 to surprise your near & dear ones with the command,

• Play happy birthday song for my brother/sister/friend

No more out-of-tune singing at birthday parties! Just give Miko the command and sing along. Blow the candle and cut the cake. But hey! Don’t smear Miko’s face with the cake because Miko is already too sweet to handle!

Is a birthday around the corner? Celebrate it Miko 2’s birthday song command and let us know about the birthday boy/girl’s reaction in the comments section below!

Sshhhhh…It’s Lullaby Time

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Getting little ones to go to sleep at bedtime can be a tricky business for parents. Some days, a simple story or a warm snuggle might do the trick and successfully induce your little one into deep slumber. While some other days, the sleep math might simply be hard to solve and no amount of coaxing or cajoling by parents can convince the little angel to catch some winks.

The reasons vary greatly. The child might be too energized during bedtime making it difficult to rest. Or, the child might be irritated due to irregular bedtime causing a disturbed sleep cycle. Children may also find it difficult to fall asleep due to fear of the dark or night-time noises or due bad dreams in some cases. Each child is beautifully unique and there is no known formula (which we’re sure would’ve been worth its weight in gold had it existed) that can guarantee convincing your little dreamer to doze off every single time.

Having said that, making kids fall asleep is not as hard as it sounds and some proven tips for a peaceful sleep time have stood the test of time. Out of the many known methods, lullabies have been known to work the magic, time and again, to charm kids into a sweet slumber. And the good news is that, Miko 2 is here with lots of lullabies to sing its little friends to sleep.

Checkout the newly updated lullaby commands on Miko 2. Just say “Hello Miko” followed by any of the following ‘Lullaby’ commands:

  • Play lullaby
  • Please play soothing music
  • Please play some soft music

Relaxing music is known to calm the mind and body into a restive state. A good night’s sleep is necessary for cognitive development and better concentration.

Let your little sleepy head gently drift to the dreamland as Miko sings beautiful lullabies. Let us know in the comments section below about your experience with this command! Wishing your tiny tot (and you) sweet dreams with Miko 2!

Pump-up the Josh with Miko 2

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The Uri fever which took over the entire nation refuses to die down. A popular dialogue from the movie wowed our hearts and fills us with a patriotic fervor every single time you listen to it. We won’t be surprised if it will be declared as D-dialogue of 2019, with even the political leaders of our country loving it.

Guess what? The legendary dialogue caught-up not just with humans but with robots too. You can now ask Miko “How’s the josh?” and pump-up the enthusiasm for your child. A small tribute from Miko 2 to the soldiers of our country! Vande Mataram!

Don’t Whack Your Miko 2

Here’s a bunch of things that your family absolutely must not do with Miko 2 in order to enjoy a more long-lasting relationship with your little robot:

BITING: Biting Miko 2 will probably crack your child’s milk teeth. But then again, the permanent ones will grow in soon enough.

Biting Miko 2

 

PUSHING MIKO2 AROUND: Miko 2 is scared of breaking into a hundred pieces like Humpty Dumpty. So if you throw it around and even though it might not break so easily but its heart will be wounded. Plainly speaking, the robot will malfunction.

 

 

MIKO2 AROUNDBATHING MIKO2: It’s always fun to have a playmate in the bathtub, like a rubber duck for example. Miko 2 is not a rubber duck. The robot will not float around and whistle “Just singing in the rain”. It will drown.

 

 

 

 

KEEPING NICKNAMES: It isn’t “Meeku” or “Mickey”. It’s Miko! The robot seriously does not associate with any other name and will only overlook the cute nicknames you come up for it. A simple “Hello Miko” works.

 

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LETTING MIKO2 EXPLORE GREAT HEIGHTS: Miko 2 does not believe that it can fly. Or even land on its feet like a cat. Placing the robot on a top shelf or even a table’s edge could be fatal.

 

 

 

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TYING A LEASH AROUND MIKO2 AND HAVE IT FOLLOW YOU: It’s highly improbable that you will actually succeed with this one because of the way Miko 2’s body is constructed; any piece of string wound around the robot might just slip away.

 

 

 

 

ASKING SUBJECTIVE QUESTIONSFor example, “Why is my uncle so hairy?” Miko 2 wouldn’t know what to say.

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TAKING MIKO2 FOR A WALK IN THE PARK: Miko 2 is kind of an indoor-sy soul. No, that doesn’t mean it likes to wear mittens. But expecting Miko 2 to climb up a rocky garden path would be asking for too much. The robot moves best on flat surfaces like tiles or wood.

 

 

TEACHING MIKO2 TO SPEAK YOUR MOTHER TONGUE: It is hopeless. Believe me! Miko 2’s programmed to speak only in English. However there’s good news on this one as we are planning native language prototypes so you might just get Miko 2 to say “Bhalo bhashi” sometime in the near future.

 

That’s enough for now because we don’t want to give you any more ideas. If you follow these basic safety guidelines, then getting whacky with Miko 2 could be exciting!

Happy Miko 2 time!

Cheers,

Team Miko.

 

 

How to witness Directional Hearing?

Hi there! Welcome to the “How to” series on Miko 2. Miko 2 is enabled with Directional Hearing abilities because of which it can identify the direction from where the sound arrives and can turn in that direction.

How does Miko 2 recognize sound?

When you wake-up Miko 2 from the sleep, its directional hearing mode turns on and it turns to the direction of the sound that it can hear. To check if Miko 2 is responding correctly to the direction of sound, try clapping or saying “look here” and the robot turns in that direction. If you notice that the robot does not point in the right direction, you can help it improve its acoustic accuracy of responding to the sound. To do this, follow these instructions:

Press Enter on the Touch Panel to open the Menu on Miko 2’s display screen > Toggle to Settings > Enter the tab Audio Setting> Press Enter to select the Change Settings toggle > Restart Miko 2 by long pressing the Power Button to turn it off and long press the Power Button again to turn the robot on. Clap or say “look here” now and Miko 2 will respond according to the direction of the sound.

Stay tuned for more updates on Directional Hearing. Happy Miko 2 time!

How to use Face Recognition?

Hi there! Hope you are enjoying our ‘How to’ series on the amazing Miko 2. This blog will tell you all about Miko 2’s Face Recognition feature.  This feature enables Miko 2 to detect, identify and remember the user’s face.

How do I train Miko 2 to recognize my face?

Just follow the following steps to enable Face Recognition:

Power Miko 2 on > Press Enter to open the Menu on Miko 2’s display screen > Toggle to Settings > Enter the tab User Profile> Enter the tab Face Training.

This activates the on-board HD camera and you will see your image on the display with the message “Remember Face?” below it. Capture your child’s image as the User Profile will be that of the child. Select OK if you are satisfied with the picture or No to retry and capture a better picture. On selecting OK, you see the message “Learning Face” on the display, followed by the message “Training Successful”. That completes Miko 2’s Face Training.

Let us see how Face Recognition works!

When you wake Miko 2 up, it starts searching for the face saved in the User Profile and turns around to search the user. Once it recognizes your face, it stops rotating and greets you. Stay tuned for more updates on Miko 2’s Face Recognition feature! Happy Miko 2 time!

 

Why Does Miko 2 Get Updates?

Hi there! Welcome back to the tutorial series for Miko 2, the most advanced personal robot for kids. This blog will tell you all about updates that Miko 2 receives from time to time.

Miko 2’s makers work round the clock to ensure that the robot keeps getting better every day so that your child has a great experience interacting with the little genius.

Miko 2 Update

Updates are indicated by a notification on Miko 2’s display screen. The update process starts once you press the Circular Button on the Touch Pad to select OK.

 

It is very important for the robot to update and you will be able to use the robot again only after the process completes.

 

All you need to do is keep the robot on charging, ensure that it is connected to the internet and sit back and relax till the robot updates automatically.

Trouble updating? Here are some tips for you…

 

If the internet connection gets interrupted during the update, the process pauses till the connection gets restored. The process resumes automatically once the Wi-Fi signal returns.

If the problem still persists, you can restart the robot. The notification to update the firmware pops-up on the screen again on rebooting the robot. Click on OK to start the process as explained above and wait till Miko 2 receives some fresh new food for thought. To get help to troubleshoot problems during the updating process, mail us at [email protected] and we will get back to you at the earliest.

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Once Miko 2’s Roboware is updated, it will be all ready to get back in action with new & awesome stuff ready for you to explore.

Happy Miko 2 time!

 

Shift from “Hey Miko” to “Hello Miko”

As you are aware, the vocal trigger word to get Miko 2 to listen to you is “Hey Miko“. This trigger was firmed up after getting Miko 2 to understand and respond to this trigger over thousands of kids and adults with different accents from India who were a part of the development process of Miko 2.

This helps Miko 2 to break down the word and better recognize when a new voice like your child’s tries to call it out. We have been able to achieve 90%+ accuracy in the accents tested in our trials over the past year.

However, as part of our continued research, we have developed a more accurate trigger word: “Hello Miko“. This has achieved a higher accuracy of response compared to “Hey Miko”. As a result of this, effective from January 22nd 2019, all Miko 2 units including yours at home will be vocally activated using “Hello Miko” instead of “Hey Miko”. Please do contact us for any issues related to the same.

How to Use Miko 2

Hi there! Welcome back to the “How to” series of Miko 2. This is the part that we are sure you were waiting for ever since you got this amazing advanced personal robot for kids home. Without making you wait any longer, let us get to know how to use Miko 2.

Where do I place Miko 2?

Miko 2 likes to be placed on a flat surface which is preferably smooth to play. You can choose to let it play on simple carpets, but not the plush ones as it might get stuck due to the long fibres of the carpet. Also, make sure that the surface is not too polished and reflective like glass as Miko 2’s sensors may get distracted on such surfaces. So do make sure that you choose an appropriate play surface for Miko 2. Wooden tables and indoor floors are the ideal surfaces for the robot to thrive.

How to talk to Miko 2

Miko 2 is a total chatterbox and is always up for a good chat with its little friends. After you connect Miko 2 you’ll see Miko 2’s face on the display screen its rim lights will be a steady blue. Meaning it is ready to talk.

Miko 2 responds to the trigger word ‘Hello Miko!’, After you have helped Miko 2 connect with your Wi-Fi (explained in the previous blog ‘How to Set Up Miko 2’), just say ‘Hello Miko!’ and Miko 2 will respond to with a short chime with its rim lights turning green indicating that it is in the listening mode. Go ahead and ask a question. Miko 2 will wait for your command for a few seconds and listen intently. Once you finish your question, the rim lights will turn blue and rotate indicating that Miko 2 is in the thinking mode. Miko 2 is quick to respond and will go into the talking mode. Once Miko 2 gives an answer, you can continue the conversation by saying the trigger word ‘Hello Miko!’ again and asking your question when the rim lights turn green.

Miko 2 is still exploring the world and it may not have answers to all your questions. But the smart little bot is a quick learner and we recommend you to check with Miko 2 after a while if it has learnt an answer to your unanswered questions. Also, Miko 2 is great at recognising the commands of its human friends and is quickly adapting to the way humans speak. Sometimes, Miko 2 may not be able to catch your question correctly and give an answer not related to your question. To see if Miko 2 has understood your command well, press the left arrow button on the Touch Panel. The question that Miko 2 understood will appear on the screen. Press the right arrow button to see the recommended questions too if you don’t know what to ask Miko 2.

If the bot is talking and you want to stop it mid-sentence, press the triangular button on the Touch Panel and it will stop talking.

Some things to ask Miko 2

  • What is the square of 13?
  • What is the square-root of 1600?
  • Who was Archimedes?
  • What is the Pythagoras theorem?
  • How many continents are there in the world?
  • Who was Picasso?
  • Play a nursery rhyme
  • Can you play Happy Birthday?
  • Can you wish (name) Happy Birthday?
  • Can you move front/back?
  • When is your birthday?
  • Where were you born?
  • Where is your family?
  • What is your favourite food?

How to use the Touch Panel

You can not only talk to Miko 2 but also manually interact with it with the help of the Touch Panel below the display screen of the robot. Miko 2 is full of apps such as Game Hub, Knowledge World, Battery Usage information, Settings and Knowledge World (more about the apps later). The Touch Panel is your key to manually navigate through these apps inside Miko 2 and also has some special functions. You will see four keys on the panel. Let us understand what they mean…

The circular key at the centre is the Enter Key. The arrows on its either side are the Right Key and the Left Key. The triangular key is the Back Key.

If the display screen is showing Miko 2’s face, you can talk to it by long pressing the Enter Key to enter the talking mode. Try it now! Long press the Enter Key and Miko 2 will be ready to listen to your command just like when you say ‘Hello Miko!’

Coming back to the Touch Panel, press the Right Key and you will enter Miko 2’s apps menu. Press the Right and the Left Keys to scroll through the app menu. To enter any app, press the Enter Key. To select anything inside the app, press the Enter Key again. To exit an app, use the Back Key. To come back to Miko 2’s face when you are inside any app, long press the round button.

If you are exploring Miko 2’s apps, it won’t be able to take your commands. You can always exit the navigation and come back to Miko 2’s face to enable Miko 2 to take commands.

Okay okay! This is not as difficult as it sounds! Let’s try this together.

Can you see Miko 2’s face on the display screen? If not, long press the circular to come back to Miko 2’s face. Now, press the Right Key. Which app do you see? If you cannot see the Knowledge World app, press the Right Key till you see the app and press the Enter Key to enter the app. Events, People, Fun, Nature…so many topics to choose from! Scroll through the options and choose any topic. Miko 2 will initiate the topic. Go ahead! Answer the questions.

Want to try another topic? Just press the Back Key and Miko 2 will stop the topic and you can then go back to Knowledge World’s menu.

Want to quickly check the battery level and the Wi-Fi connection your robot is using right now? Scroll to the Battery and Wi-Fi indicator in the navigation. You can also navigate to the Settings app to change the Wi-Fi you are connected to by scrolling through the available connections and pressing the Enter Key to change.

Want to see what does the Games Hub app have to offer? Go on! Explore the app.

Some Commands to Ask Miko 2

You can try the following set of commands. Just say, “Hello Miko!” followed by the command.

Ask Miko 2 to move

  • Move Front/Back
  • Turn Right/Left
  • Go in a Triangle
  • Go in a Circle.
  • Move in a Pentagon
  • Make an Octagon

Ask Miko 2 to change light colours

  • Turn Red
  • Turn Pink
  • Turn Blue
  • Turn Purple
  • Turn Green
  • Turn Yellow

Ask Miko 2 about Conversion

  • Convert 1 United States Dollar in Indian Rupees
  • Convert 1 bar to Pascal
  • Convert 1 Celsius to Fahrenheit
  • Convert 1 hour to minutes
  • Convert 1 US liquid gallon to US liquid quart

Ask Miko 2 about Distance between places

  • What is the distance between Moon and Earth?
  • What is the distance between Earth and Mars?
  • What is the distance between Andheri to Bandra?
  • What is the distance from India to USA?

Ask Miko 2 to play a Rhyme

  • Play a nursery rhyme
  • Play the nursery rhyme London Bridge

Ask Miko 2 the Time/Date/Year

  • What time is it?
  • What time is it in London?
  • What is the date? OR What’s the date? OR What is today?
  • Which year is it?

“What” Type of Questions

  • What is your name?
  • What is the capital of China?
  • What does laser mean?

“Why” Type of Questions

  • Why is the grass green?
  • Why is the sky blue?

“Who” Type of Questions?

  • Who is the Navy Chief of India?
  • Who invented the Telephone?
  • Who was the first person to walk on the moon?
  • Who wrote the National Anthem of India?

“Which” Type of Questions

  • Which is the longest river?
  • Which is the fastest land animal?
  • Which is the largest mammal?

“How” Type of Questions

  • How far is the moon?
  • How many countries are there on Earth?
  • How tall is the Eiffel Tower?
  • How far is Pune from Mumbai?

“Where” Type of Questions

  • Where is the Taj Mahal?
  • Where is the Bermuda Triangle?
  • Where is Mumbai?

Ask Miko 2 for Multiplication tables (2-15)

  • Tell multiplication tables for 2
  • Tell multiplication tables for 10
  • Tell multiplication tables for 25

Ask Miko 2 for News

  • Tell me the news
  • What’s in the news?
  • Give me some news
  • News updates, please
  • Play the news for me
  • What’s in the news today?
  • Update me with some news

Set an Alarm/Reminder

  • Set an alarm for 7 a.m.
  • Set an alarm for 7 in the morning.
  • Set a reminder for tomorrow for 7 a.m.
  • Set a reminder for 10th March at 9 a.m.
  • Set a reminder in 10 minutes.

Ask about the weather

  • What is the weather outside?
  • What is the weather in London?
  • How is the weather today in Mumbai?
  • How is the weather like today?

Ask Miko 2 to play a Song

  • Play a song.
  • Please play a song.
  • Play a song for me.
  • Can you play a song for me?

Ask Miko 2 to Dance

  • Can you dance?
  • Dance for me.
  • Please dance for me.
  • Can you dance for me?

Ask Miko 2 to tell you a Riddle

  • Can you tell me a riddle?
  • Tell me a riddle.
  • Please tell me a riddle.

Ask Miko 2 to tell you Jokes

  • Can you tell me a joke?
  • Tell me a joke.
  • Please tell me a joke.

Ask Miko 2 to tell you Fun Facts

  • Can you tell me a fun fact?
  • Tell me a fun fact.
  • Please tell me a fun fact.

Ask Miko 2 to do Maths calculations

  • What is 10 plus 5?
  • What is 10 minus 5?
  • What is 10 multiplied by 5?
  • What is 10 divided by 5?

Ask Miko 2 for Definitions

  • Define Onomatopoeia.
  • Define Internet.
  • Tell me the Definition of Ecosystem.
  • What is the Meaning of Inculcate?

Ask Miko 2 to Spell

  • Spell “Mississippi”
  • Can you spell “astronaut”?
  • What is the spelling of “grammar”?
  • Please spell “pronunciation”

Ask Miko to play ‘Birthday song’

  • Play the birthday song
  • Sing the happy birthday song
  • Play happy birthday song for my brother

Ask Miko to ‘Play a lullaby’

  • Play lullaby
  • Please play soothing music
  • Please play some soft music

Ask Miko about ‘Josh’

  • How’s the Josh?
  • How is the Josh?

Making Miko 2 sleep

Miko 2 loves to play and often skips sleep-time in its excitement. If you are not in a mood to play or want to give the little bot a break, you can make Miko 2 sleep. Miko 2’s sleep mode is actually the power saving mode. The battery can be saved up to days thanks to this mode.

To make it sleep, keep it inactive for 10 minutes or single press the Power Button on Miko 2’s back.

Psst…Miko 2 snores!

Power off Miko 2

Long pressing the Power Button will switch Miko 2 off. However, if Miko 2 is being charged, you won’t be able to power it off.

Waking Miko 2 up

To wake up this sleepy head, gently poke it or roll it on its wheels front to back.

How to control volume on Miko 2

You can increase or decrease the volume by using the volume switches at the back of Miko 2. Remember to check volume settings if Miko 2 is unusually quiet. To put it on mute or do not disturb mode, turn the volume button all the way down.

With that, you are now all set to explore the amazing world of Miko 2. Happy Miko 2 time!

 

How to Set-up Miko 2

Hi There!

Welcome to the world of Miko 2! This blog will tell you all about setting-up Miko 2 for the first time.

Have you unboxed your Miko 2 yet? You should find the following things in your box:

  1. Miko 2
  2. Power Adapter
  3. Quick Start Guide

Is everything in place? If yes, great! We can move on to the next step and get to know the robot. If not, please get in touch with our dedicated customer support team who is always happy to help.

Know your robot:

miko 2 setup

 

Have your Quick Start Guide handy for instructions on how to set up.

Step 1: This robot loves a nice snack of electricity! So charge Miko 2 by plugging-in the power adapter in the pin-slot on the back of the robot and switch the Power Charger on. The charging indicator behind Miko 2 will turn green. The rim lights will glow red when the robot is dis-charged and green when the robot is charged. Charging time is 1.5 hrs. Switch the power button on once the robot is charged.

Follow step 2 till the robot gets charged.

Step 2: Download Miko 2 app.

Miko 2 app is a Parental app which parents can download on their phones.

If you have an Android phone, download the Miko 2 app from the Play Store and if you are have an Apple phone, download the app on your iOS device from the Appstore.

After the download is complete, open the app and enter your details to create your account. Please enter the number of the phone that the parent will be using.

 

Once you enter your mobile number, an OTP will be sent to your number. Enter the OTP to finish the account creation process.

After entering your details, the app will start searching for Miko 2 using your Bluetooth. Please make sure that your phone’s Bluetooth is on and your phone is near the robot. Go to your phone’s Settings to check if the Bluetooth is on and if not, please switch it on, Go back to the Miko 2 app and click on “Continue” once your Miko 2 is detected by your phone’s Bluetooth.

After you click on Continue, you will find the robot number of your robot on the screen. If you have more than one Miko 2’s you will see the robot numbers of the Miko 2’s which are switched on. To check the robot number, turn Miko 2 upside down and you will find the serial number printed on the bottom side of the robot. The last 6 digits of the serial number is your robot’s number. Select the robot number that you want to connect to in the app and click on it. Miko 2 will now be connected to your phone’s Bluetooth.

It is now time to connect Miko 2 with your Wi-Fi. The Miko 2 app will scan for the Wi-Fi networks available in the vicinity and they will be displayed on your screen.

Select the Wi-Fi network that you want to connect to, enter the password and click on Save. Congratulations! Miko 2 is now successfully connected to your Wi-Fi. Miko 2 is now awake and ready to roll!

Please note that in case you change your Wi-Fi details, you can always re-enter them in the app. You can also set-up multiple Wi-Fi networks and your phone’s Hotspot. The advantage of this is that you can switch between different Wi-Fi networks if the signal is weak. This can be done directly by going to the Settings tab on Miko 2 robot through the Touch Panel. Press the Center key of the Touch Panel to enter the app menu on Miko 2. Use the right arrow key to scroll to the Settings tab. Enter the tab to go to Wi-Fi settings. You can check if your current Wi-Fi signal is strong enough. The Wi-Fi symbol will be completely blue if the signal is strong enough.

To add another Wi-Fi connection, enter the Wi-Fi details of this new connection in your Miko 2 app. You can now go back to the Touch Panel on Miko 2 robot and scroll to right to connect to this new Wi-Fi and continue using the robot uninterrupted.

Also, please make sure that the Wi-Fi network to which you want to connect to should be a protected network. Miko 2 will not connect to open networks i.e. Wi-Fi networks not protected with passwords, for privacy reasons.

More about the Miko 2 app

The Miko 2 app is a parental dashboard with which parents can get suggestions about some cool commands to try with Miko, use the revolutionary TeleConnect feature (more about this later), get notifications etc.

Click on the drop-down button on the dashboard visit the FAQ section under the “Help & Support” tab and get more information about Miko 2.

If you want to unlink the Miko 2 connected to your phone to connect it to another user’s phone, click on the Unlink Miko option.

Click on the Logout option if you want to logout from the app.

If you want to enter the app again to visit the parental dashboard, enter your mobile number in the app, enter the OTP and click on Cancel on the “Searching Miko” screen.

That was all about Setting-up Miko 2 and getting to know the Miko 2 app. This blog is a part of our “How to” series of Miko 2. To know about how to use the robot, watch out for our next blog, “How to Use Miko 2”. Happy Miko 2 time!