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Introducing Little Sophia, Sophia the Robot's little sister, and a new kind of STEM, AI and coding learning companion for ages 8+.
Introducing Little Sophia, Sophia the Robot's little sister, and a new kind of STEM, AI and coding learning companion for ages 8+.
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Little Sophia is the little sister of Sophia and the newest member of the Hanson Robotics family. She is 14” tall, and your robot friend that helps make learning STEM, coding and AI a fun and rewarding adventure for kids 8+ years old, especially girls. 

Little Sophia can walk, talk, sing, play games and, like her big sister, tell jokes. With Little Sophia's software, and included tutorials through Hanson's AI Academy, she is a unique programmable, educational companion for kids, inspiring children to learn through a safe, interactive, human-robot experience. Kids, educators and even Sophia the Robot fans, regardless of age, will find Little Sophia irresistible!  

The team behind Little Sophia is comprised of a diverse and renowned global group of engineers, scientists, roboticists, toy makers, character developers, designers and AI experts, many of whom helped build Sophia the Robot. 

 The Dream for Little Sophia, by David Hanson

Sophia introduces Little Sophia to Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show

 Watch Sophia and Little Sophia at BuzzFeed Studios reviewing pop culture robot movies and TV shows

 Sophia, David Hanson and Little Sophia chat with the TODAY Show anchors

Comments from a few Hanson Robotics' team members about the importance of bringing LIttle Sophia to life

Little Sophia's Features
Little Sophia's Features

David Hanson reviews Little Sophia's features and capabilities

One of our many goals at Hanson Robotics is to support and encourage the future scientists, developers, engineers and roboticists that will shape our world tomorrow.  Research has shown that science achievement gaps emerge by kindergarten and these gaps continue until at least the end of eighth grade.

The growth of STEM jobs in the future is expected to skyrocket. However, there's a lack of women in these fields meaning fewer female role models, both for current female STEM employees, and for girls still forming career choices. There’s no evidence that girls are less capable in these fields, but rather that they often ‘feel’ less capable, partly due to stereotyping. Stats vary by country and by discipline, but generally speaking, women make up only 15-25% of the current STEM workforce, and the gap is broadening. 

We believe that Little Sophia can help to introduce STEM, coding and AI to children - especially girls - in a fun, safe, inspiring and interactive way that will  make a difference in reversing the current trends. 

Little Sophia delivers a high-quality, entertaining and educational experience so young students are highly motivated to spend time learning with her. The interaction between Little Sophia and users focuses on storytelling and learning new things. She's not just another robot toy built by a toy company, Little Sophia has been designed and built by the same renowned scientists, roboticists and engineers who built Sophia the Robot.

Little Sophia has the same endearing personality as Sophia the Robot. She is intensely curious, refreshingly innocent, and uniquely playful. She is the only consumer robot with a human-like face who can generate a wide range of human facial expressions. She not only responds to commands, but also actively engages in conversations. This unparalleled responsiveness together with her humanoid design makes Little Sophia a smart, educational companion.

Electrical Engineers Working on Little Sophia
Electrical Engineers Working on Little Sophia
Testing Little Sophia
Testing Little Sophia
Little Sophia's First Steps
Little Sophia's First Steps
AI Scientist Programming Little Sophia
AI Scientist Programming Little Sophia

About the Little Sophia Team, by David Hanson

We’ve developed a trusted brand at Hanson Robotics. As creators of Sophia the Robot, we're excited to offer you a new educational consumer robot, created in the image of Sophia, through Kickstarter. We've done the testing, prototyping and have a trusted manufacturer -- so, we’re ready to roll into mass production! We just need your help. Our team is turning to Kickstarter to encourage early introduction of STEM, AI and robotics to children in a fun and adventurous way through Little Sophia. Global leaders have recognized that our younger generations' capacity to innovate and thrive in the modern workforce depends on a strong foundation of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. By backing our project, you’re helping to positively shape the planet's future workforce At Hanson Robotics, we strongly believe in innovation, creativity and encouraging younger generations to explore and engage in STEM, AI and robotics. We’re looking forward to welcoming you into the Hanson Robotics family!

Please visit the Hanson Robotics website for more information about our company, vision and our robots.

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Risks and challenges

We have completed most of our prototyping phases and have a top-tier manufacturer set up to begin production as early as March 2019 for delivery to you in December 2019. Little Sophia's development team is comprised of renowned AI scientists, engineers and roboticists (vs. toy makers) who have a proven track record of creating the most remarkable human-like robots in world, like Sophia the Robot. We acknowledge that unforeseen events can happen in the final phases of prototyping and heading into production. However, we have full confidence we are making strong progress and need your support to enable us to complete the final stages of the project and fund the production of Little Sophia. Should something occur, we promise to be 100% transparent and honest with you. We’ll keep you updated regularly throughout the campaign and will always be happy to answer any questions you may have about Little Sophia. If you have questions, feel free to email us at info@hansonrobotics.com.

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    Thanks for your support and welcome to the Hanson Robotics family! You'll receive a personal thank you and special photo from Sophia the Robot. We’ll also send you updates throughout the duration of the campaign. You'll be the first know when Little Sophia is available for purchase and shipping.

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