DFRobot launches micro:Maqueen Plus to help K-12 schools teach AI

prnewswire | May 28, 2020

DFRobot is launching micro:Maqueen Plus this week, the newest offer of its popular educational robot series of micro:Maqueen. The new product, adopting machine learning technology, is designed for K-12 educators to teach AI through teaching AI. The newly launched micro:Maqueen Plus, created by open source hardware and STEM education solution provider DFRobot, is specially optimized in software and hardware for machine learning. In other words, unlike previous micro:Maqueen robots that are designed for programming, the new Maqueen is a Maqueen that learns. The Maqueen Plus is different from other educational programming robots on the market, it is equipped with AI capable of machine learning and visual recognition. It is able to continuously improve its abilities to recognise lines, colours, signs, QR codes, etc. Maqueen Plus has become smarter and performs better in circumstances such as autopilot. This whole process provides a direct and detailed experience for students to explore ideas and outputs of AI technology.

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Digital learning is charting new pathways for learning in the workplace with new digital technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, xAPI, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Thus, allowing organisations to put employees and learners at the center of the experience, while collecting and interpreting data to feed in and make informed ongoing improvements.This eBook explores; the tools available at our disposal today and how they can support effective and scalable learning, how to maximize your current infrastructure, and what we can expect to see in the future.

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