Japanese tech company SoftBank has created a version of its Pepper robot that can detect whether office workers are wearing a mask.
The 47-inch-high robot with human-like features is already in operation in some countries welcoming visitors to shops, exhibitions and other public spaces.
But the upgraded version is designed to stand at the entrance to offices, conferences, airports and other public spaces, to provide a gentle reminder to people to wear masks.
Right now, COVID-19 seems to be accelerating several trends that existed before the pandemic — like the push to cashless transactions and work-from-home arrangements.
Schools and the ed-tech industry are struggling to adapt to a new world where almost all students learn from home. Teachers are finding ways to adapt lesson plans and homework to remote education. At the same time, school districts are trying to invest in cybersecurity tech and professionals that can keep their students and faculty safe.
It's likely that even once the pandemic is over, the changes will continue to have a big impact on how educators teach students. It could determine which services the ed-tech sector focuses on over the next decade.
Robots could be used in care homes after a study found they can improve mental health and have the potential to reduce loneliness in vulnerable older people. A robot called Pepper, which can engage in conversation and learn people's tastes, has been tested in care homes.
Given the recent COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on traditional educational institutions, the fields of formal education are headed for a systematic change. Robotics and artificial intelligence technologies can not only mitigate difficulties caused by the pandemic but also help build on their foundations.
COVID-19 has highlighted digital inequity—but collaborative tech and digital tools could help close the gap.
Robotics education is becoming increasingly commonplace in schools. This is largely due to the fact that students in K12 schools will graduate into a workforce that’s rife with technology, in an era where robots will become widely used in our everyday lives.
Coding is enormous in education right now.
No wonder. Coding offers so many academic benefits that schools cannot ignore its significance. Sequential processes, computational thinking, and creative problem-solving all make up coding. It’s the new literacy in schools. There’s so much to like about coding that coding academies and boot camps are springing up everywhere.
With nearly 100% of education over the past months taking place online amid the coronavirus pandemic, plus what parents were doing to homeschool their kids, we all have been struggling, particularly those in low-income communities. Now is not the time to despair, however.
The disruption created by this pandemic presents an opportunity to imagine a different future for our kids, their families and their communities.
School in a post-coronavirus world will never be the same. Having no choice but to rely heavily on online learning to guarantee continuity of education in a society disrupted by the pandemic has taught lessons to more than just the students.
It is now time for teachers to reflect on the experience of socially distanced school and prepare for the upcoming year and the unique challenges it will present.
Going back to a new normal after such a defining historical event may feel a little like travelling without a road map, but teachers can at least take comfort in the three keywords they can use to orient themselves in this uncharted land: engagement, personalisation, interaction.
Coding and robotics can be just as engaging when students learn from home-all it takes is a little planning and some creativity.