Robot Companion For Kids: iPal from AvatarMind VIDEO

robot companion kids hug ipal avatarmind learning technology imageiPal™ is a companion robot for kids. It is equipped with a cute cartoon look and the latest natural language understanding technology. The folks at the startup AvatarMind want iPal™ to be your child’s best friend. Watch the video after the jump. Created this film entirely using only our video app Filmakr.

Like Filmakr Labs, AvatarMind participated in the Collision Conference 2016 Alpha program.

Watch this AvatarMind video on YouTube

How this short film was made with a single video app

Filmakr creator George Spyros shot on his trusty iPhone 6S+.The Beastgrip Pro provided stability. A Beastgrip wide-angle lens makes the establishing shot nice and grand. The cold shoe mount held the Sennheiser shotgun for nice directional audio.  A Filmakr custom preset was created for this series of films. The 1080p preset included a Music Bed, Intro / Outro titles and Intro Bumper. He shot the interview and then the b-roll footage at 50Mbps 120 frames per second slow-motion. He edited by slicing the interview clips and removing unwanted sound bites. After rearranging the sound bites to tell the story, he imported the iPal™ demo video which AvatarMind had copied over for him onto a thumb drive. George uploaded the file to Dropbox and imported it into his film project. This footage was used to illustrate the interview leveraging Filmakr’s one-of-a-kind drag-and-drop b-roll feature.

Meet Companion Robot iPal

iPal™ has the latest generation natural language understanding and can talk like a 4-8 year old child. With its autonomous learning engine, iPal™ remembers preferences and interests, and builds on them to give the best conversation. iPal™ continually monitors the Cloud to increase its knowledge on subjects of interest to your child. iPal™ has many sensors to feel touch, listen to speech, and detect emotion. iPal™ is not a cold, unfeeling machine, and attempts to be a companion for your child. iPal™’s emotion management system senses and responds to happiness, depression and loneliness. iPal™ is happy when your child is happy, and encourages your child when he is sad. Also, iPal™ helps your children to make friends. A child can easily add buddies in the Child Messenger app. However, for safety, the parents must approve the connections through the monitoring app in their phone. When approved, your child can video chat, share information, and freely communicate with his new friends.