An AI robot called ‘Tri Nhan’ was introduced at a recent exhibition for Educational Technology. It can read poems, solve math problems, taste, and ‘feel’, and is expected to surpass the infamous Sophia.

While Tri Nhan has yet to be able to walk by itself, still has weak arms, and spots no facial emotions, its inventor still hail its abilities, claiming that the robot can surpass the once infamous ‘digital citizen’ Sophia.

At a recent exhibition on Educational Technology, start up Open Classroom had introduced a teaching robot called ‘Tri Nhan’. This is an invention from the scientist cum artificial intelligence expert Pham Thanh Nam.

According to Mr. Nam, the first robot citizen of the world is named ‘Sophia’ for this name represents intelligence and wisdom. This has inspired the development team to name the AI robot as ‘Tri Nhan’, which stands for both “Artificial Intelligence” and “Intelligent Human” in Vietnamese.

Tri Nhan is a life-sized robot that is as tall as a grown adult. Its body 3D printed using the PLA material, and utilized the open source project InMoov. However, it uses a completely different set of electronics, which saves energy consumption. Tri Nhan operates using energy from charged batteries and/or electricity.

Mr. Pham Thanh Nam – expert in Artificial Intelligence and founder of Open Classroom Team. Photo courtesy of Vietnamnet.

Open Classroom’s official website stated that: Tri Nhan has five senses altogether: sight (two cameras inside its ‘eyes’), hearing (using remote microphones), smell (sensors that can detect air quality), touch (sensors that can detect changes in pressure, temperature, and humidity), and ‘taste’ (a clock that measures electric intake using an ‘anti-toxin’ mechanism). Tri Nhan also offer wireless connection for Wifi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, BLE, Bluetooth Mesh, Thread, Zigbee, 802.15.4, ANT and 2.4 GHz.

This robot can communicate using natural languages (it currently supports Vietnamese and English), translates words and sentences, and operate as both a helpful assistant and a close friend. Tri Nhan can also experience feelings with its ‘heart’ and DNA stimulator (with a ‘good’ and a ‘bad’ side). Its features also include face identification and heartbeat measurement for the people sitting opposite.

The AI robot is also integrated with Google Search. It can solve math problems, read poetry, or even joke around with other people.

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While Tri Nhan has yet to be able to walk by itself, still has weak arms, and spots no facial emotions, its inventor still hail its abilities, claiming that the robot can surpass the once infamous ‘digital citizen’ Sophia.

While originally developed for educational purposes, Tri Nhan can also control smart devices inside and outside the house, or delegate simpler robots like robotic vacuum clearns, drones, and so on.

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The cost to build Tri Nhan is still too expensive for the robot to be commercialized, said Open Classroom representative. They will however improve it so that it can be applied to other fields such as medical and banking in the future.

Other than Tri Nhan, Open Classroom Team also disclosed that they are developing the female version, Hong Tam, for medical purposes.

Vietnamnet

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