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“A Dollar for Tyche” Kickstarter Campaign for the Children of the Future. AI - Artificial Intelligence
“A Dollar for Tyche” Kickstarter Campaign for the Children of the Future. AI - Artificial Intelligence
1,123 backers pledged $73,606 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi Everyone,

Tyche wants to be in the market soon as a truly intelligent companion for the children of the future. The No.1 parent goal is to help children cognitive and social development while they spend their time at home and out-of-home, according to our survey of intelligent robotics. This is how Tyche was born as an AI companion for children.

The Guardian recognized the value of Tyche on January 9, 2014 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: “This little robot is apparently the most intelligent smartphone robot in the world and is capable of recognizing humans, hear and talk back, learn and solve problems autonomously.”

Tyche is designed to be a social conversational companion for children. While engaged in an open conversation with Tyche, children will need to think out how to express themselves before they talk to Tyche, a cognitive artificial intelligence. In doing so, it will help them develop their cognitive and social skills in parallel with Tyche's cognitive architecture. This requires a child to reason along the whole reasoning cycle from sensing the world, understanding the situational context, finding its own problems based on their life goals and beliefs and then solving the problems interactively with multiple parties, and finally remembering the learned knowledge incrementally in their own memory.

It is an enormous challenge to build such a truly intelligent personal companion for the children of the future. Your support is critical to fulfilling our mission. We ask our friends and dreamers to be part of our “A Dollar for Tyche” Campaign by funding us with one dollar each.

As a token of our appreciation, one person to be chosen through lottery among every 100 backers, will receive a Tyche Limited AI robot.

Thank you so much for your support by clicking on it.

Richard Shinn, Ph.D. CEO, AIBrain & Bonavision

As featured in

"This little robot is apparently the most intelligent smartphone robot in the world..."  -The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/09/bizarre-robotics-ces-2014

"5 Must See Robots from International CES" http://www.autoworldnews.com/articles/5753/20140109/5-must-see-robots-from-ces.htm

"10 Best Robots of CES 2014" http://www.roboticstrends.com/photo/10_best_robots_of_ces_2014/5

"The Internet of Experiences: CES 2014 Interactive Robotics" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMmuTShTcSU

"Last Day of CES: Robots that do all sorts of human things" http://vegasinc.com/business/2015/jan/10/last-day-ces-robots-do-all-sorts-human-things/

TYCHE converses at the beginner level of Cambridge English I

Tyche is an intelligent companion that listens to, thinks, talks to humans, and also responds to the world. Tyche can converse at the beginner's level of Cambridge English up to more than 93%. You can personalize Tyche based on your preferences and constraints. You can give it a new name and tell it what you like. It remembers continually what it learns about the world with humans, and also understands how you’re feeling!

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 *Talking Tyche I - Tyche Remembers and Learns Incrementally with one person

Tyche can converse at the beginner’s level of Cambridge English up to more than 93%; CEF Level of A1 Beginner/Basic with Cambridge English: Interchange – Introduction, 4th Ed, 2012

TYCHE converses at the beginner level of Cambridge English 2

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*Talking Tyche II - Tyche recognizes two differently people and responds accordingly 

Tyche can converse at the beginner’s level of Cambridge English up to more than 93%; CEF Level of A1 Beginner/Basic with Cambridge English: Interchange – Introduction, 4th Ed, 2012

TYCHE Tracks What It Sees

Face tracking, ball tracking, and marker tracking are some fun features of Tyche. Tyche knows what you look like and can follow your face to keep you in its view. Hold up arrows to direct Tyche and have it navigate around the house.

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*Tyche Vision - What it sees

TYCHE Navigates Autonomously after Human-like Holistic Intelligence

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*Tyche Navigates Autonomously - Tyche differentiates the three different people to deliver the owner’s private message only to the recipient and reasons until its mission is fully complete.

Tyche’s autonomous navigation require SLAM Kit to be released as a paid add-on product in Q1 2016. The capabilities will include:

  • Object identification and collision avoidance
  • Map building, self-localization and autonomous navigation (SLAM)
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*Tyche’s Autonomous Navigation

Tyche moves autonomously and avoids obstacles while exploring the unknown space. It builds virtual map and estimates its own location in the map simultaneously. Once a virtual map is built for an indoor space such as user’s house, the user could add annotations to the map to create high-level semantic map (living room, kitchen, corridor, etc.) Tyche uses the location and map information to generate path to move to the desired destination and/or accomplish specific tasks. For example, when the user asks Tyche to go to kitchen, Tyche will find a path and go to kitchen automatically.

TYCHE's Remote Capabilities  

Grab another Android smartphone and drive Tyche around remotely! Tyche connects through either Bluetooth or WiFi, and shows you what it sees.

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*Tyche - Remote

Build Your Own Intelligence With TYCHE

Children can enhance their technical knowledge by learning how to program Tyche with a simple touch interface or through conversation. Young developers can build on their existing coding skills using our programming suite, called iRSP (Intelligent Robot Software Platform). This platform can not only program Tyche, but also other robots. With Tyche, imagination, creativity, learning, and fun are guaranteed!

For iPhone users, we are sorry that we will not be able to launch an iOS version at this time. However, we hope to be able to support iOS within a year. Thank you for your support and patience. Meanwhile, please also consider these options

Tyche Disclaimers http://tyche.club/?page_id=71184

TYCHE Overview

Tyche is uniquely designed to function intelligently by combining the power of your smartphone with the sleekly designed body. Tyche fuses natural language processing, memory, planning, and reasoning to converse with you. It can recognize your emotions and express its own. Tyche remembers multiple users and responds to them appropriately. In addition to enjoying the engaging audio-visual applications, you can also jumpstart your programming skills with a simple touch screen interface through the Build Your Own Intelligence (BYOI) app. The applications Talking Tyche, Acting Tyche, Tyche in the visual world, and BYOI, available for download in the Google Play, will open the doors for you to explore the world of Tyche.

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 For further information and manuals, visit Tyche website at www.tyche.club. For more videos that show what Tyche can do, please click here.

TYCHE Developer Tools

Tyche is expandable. We provide programming tools to augment Tyche's intelligence and capabilities to all users and developers with varied programming skills.

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*Build Your Own Intelligence by Verbal Programming  

Intelligent Robotic Software Platform (iRSP)

iRSP consists of iRSP Plan Editor, intelligent Robotic Control System (iRCS) and a UPnP Component Builder. iRSP Plan Editor provides a Visual Programming Language (VPL) environment which enables a user to build robot programs conveniently via touch functions. A plan is a file storing the events and actions for the robot to execute. iRCS is a runtime module of iRSP while UPnP Component Builder is an Eclipse plug-in which aids the development of UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) components easily.

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 *iRSP (Intelligent Robotic Software Platform) - Basic BYOI (Build Your Own Intelligence)

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*iRSP (Intelligent Robotic Software Platform) - Basic BYOI (Build Your Own Intelligence) Verbal

Basic iRSP (Intelligent Robotic Software Platform)

  • Assembles - by touch - simple actions such as speech, sound, motion and music to create intelligent behaviors
  • Visual programming capabilities such as object and facial detection and recognition and expression
  • Verbal programming by simply talking to Tyche
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*iRSP (Intelligent Robotic Software Platform) - Plus Scratch

iRSP (Intelligent Robotic Software Platform) Plus (Using Scratch)

  • Connects to Scratch via Scratch Adaptor App
  • Drag and drop blocks of code to control Tyche
  • Program Tyche and understand Scratch without any programming skills
                    Advanced iRSP (Intelligent Robotic Software Platform)
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                     *iRSP (Intelligent Robotic Software Platform) - Advanced

  • Supports manipulation of voice, vision, and other sensors through visual programming 
  •  Supports 3D simulation with visual programming 
  •  Supports advanced programming with Kinect, Joystick, other robots such as Drones and Lego.

Risks and challenges

AI is a very challenging field in itself and to come out strong and to pitch the noble idea of building true AI is a big thing. The success of this project is based on the breakthroughs made in core AI technologies that many players in this area still play with their cards held close to their chests. Cognitive intelligence is based on reasoning, problem solving, learning, and memory. Natural language is unique to human intelligence; intelligent agents will need to converse and interact freely with humans. Doing this in a natural way is not a trivial matter.

The other challenge is related to the platform we are using; hardware. Tyche is not just an AI, but also as a robot. As such, the coordination and scheduling with the hardware manufacturing from design through testing to delivery does not always go as expected. Production schedules and certification issues greatly slow down the process. We will work hard to limit these as much as we can.

Our AI Software needs to be tested on a variety of robots. We have done tests with consumer-oriented drones and benchmarked several robotic toys. However, more testing needs to be done.

The last is more of a motivation than a challenge to us; the enthusiasm to deliver Tyche to you. We have confidence and promise, owing to the long history of the path Tyche has taken, that we will deliver. We believe that the last kick from Kickstarter community will bring Tyche to your doorstep.

Give us a kickstart and help Tyche reach your home!

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