Saba Ghole

Echo, Neurio, and Hue - these may sound like names of lead characters in a sci-fi film, but they are actually the next generation of Internet of Things (IofT) products and systems that are revolutionizing your home. The service robotics market is booming, and these inventions are itching to be the next member of your family! These AI products and systems can entertain, teach people how to cook, provide home security, control lights across the home, even read a bedtime story. They also can help lower energy bills, assist with scheduling, and provide companionship. They may be made out of metal, electronics and data bits, but these systems don't behave like regular appliances. Home assistant robots like Jibo and Asus Zenbo are embedded with language processing and facial and object recognition software, allowing them to sense, respond, and learn as people engage with them. These products and systems aren’t merely sterile automated machines, they have huge personalities that will capture your heart and keep track of all your connected devices!

In this studio, students will explore new technologies and concepts for interactive home IofT robots and systems. Using 3d fabrication tools, such as laser-cutters and 3d printers, and IofT platforms, students will prototype and build their assistant robots and systems and then test them with their peers. Through this process, students will also learn the basics of electronics, microcontrollers and computer programming. Are you ready to build the next lovable home robot companion?


Focus Skills/Subjects/Technologies:


   Industrial Design

     Interaction Design

  Physics (Electricity, Magnetism)




   Robotics (Arduino, Sensors, Actuators)

   Digital Fabrication (Laser-cutting, 3d Printing)

   3d Modeling


  • Enrolling students must be between the ages of 11 to 18 (middle and high school students)