Apologies for not sending this info through sooner, been absolutely hectic as usual! As concisely as possible here are a list of features the staff wanted to see included in the robot teaching tool we are looking to build:
Noise sensitive - releases an audio alert when noise levels increase
Speech Pod - instant record and play back
Led display - recurring text that can be changed
Use in role play
Digital photo frame
Automatic pencil sharpener
Compartments - to put certificates in
Web-cam installed to record the class so teachers can play it back to them
Plug in earphones
Incorporating the 5 senses
Ability to dress the robot up
Move arms up and down
Eyes or mouth or both light up
Removable face features
Ability to play CD & DVD
Asks how you are?
Technology that allows the robot to mimic the children's words
The general idea is that the robot becomes an adaptable teaching resource, able to be used to introduce a topic, or to add a spark to an otherwise dull topic. We want the robot to be as user friendly as possible, so are trying to fulfil most of these requirements through individual pieces of kit, rather than relying on everything being a piece of software on the pc. Iíve highlighted the bits that I think would need to be either part of the PC or would need to run through the PC. We looked at this PC at PC world, mainly due to price, spec, and ease of access to front usb ports etc... We imagine that the tower will be built into the body of the robot, low down due to weight, and with ventilation built in to the robots body. There was also mention of digiblue cameras, but I have had these Flip Video Recorders recommended to me before as a much better and easier to use option.
Iíd like to start ordering things in the next few days as we want to begin building the robot on Monday 8th Feb. Any feedback you can give me in the next couple of days would be much appreciated, Iím sure youíll have tonnes of ideas of how to make some of the teacherís suggestions work, and hopefully be able to advise me of whether or not the PC will stand up to what we want it to do.
Apologies for the short notice, but any help will be very much appreciated