An increasing number of IT startups and manufacturers have begun working to develop educational robots powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to offer more personalized education in accordance with each student’s characteristics and needs, industry officials said Wednesday.
Cho Hyun-gu, left, CEO and founder of education startup Classting, poses with Chang Kyong-sok, CEO of Wonik Robotics, in the latter’s headquarters in Pangyo, Gyeonggi Province, March 8, after signing an MOU to jointly develop an AI robot for education. / Courtesy of Classting
It is said AI-based services can provide customizable education at relatively cheaper prices compared to private tutors or private cram schools, raising hope for the technology to help calm the overheated private education market here.
Leading the pack is education technology startup Classting, which plans to develop an AI robot for education by the end of the year in cooperation with robot engineering specialist Wonik Robotics, based in Pangyo, Gyeonggi Province.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding, March 8, to jointly develop the education robot equipped with human robot interaction (HRI) technology.
Once the development of the robot is completed, students will be able to solve test questions in accordance with their learning ability levels, and watch personalized video lectures through a display screen of the robot, according to Classting.
The robot, through its vision system, will be capable of recognizing student’s faces for communication, which will help improve the learning experience.
Parents will also be able to check school news, notices and homework through the robot.
“Classting’s abundant data will create synergy with robot technology, and offer next-generation education service to students and parents,” said Cho Hyun-gu, CEO and founder of Classting. “Through the partnership with leading robot company Wonik Robotics, we will further enhance competitiveness in education technology.”
Large companies have also been active in releasing AI-based education services.
LG Electronics signed a business partnership, March 6, with a company specializing in digital educational content for children.
Utilizing the partnership, the tech giant plans to add a vast amount of educational content to the LG CLOi AI robot to provide users with distinguished service and raise competitiveness of the firm’s robot lineup.
“We expect convergence between LG’s AI robot and educational content to offer new experiences to users and maximize effectiveness of education,” said Roh Jin-seo, head of robotics business at LG Electronics.
Kyowon Group, specializing in educational content, also launched AI-based mathematics education service, REDPEN AI Mathematics, on March 4 in cooperation with SK C&C, an IT service unit of SK Group.
The service provides an AI teacher for elementary school students, offering mathematics learning programs fully customizable to fit learning capability levels and characteristics of each student.
Abril, the Korean-speaking AI platform based on IBM’s Watson, was applied to the service, enabling users to interact through the use of voice commands.
According to market researcher MarketsandMarkets, the scale of the education robot market will grow to 1.9 trillion won ($1.7 billion) in 2023 from 880 billion won last year.