Robor is the first smart AI learning buddy for kids. Using Clarifai, Robor creates opportunities for toddlers to learn by mimicking the natural learning interactions between children and adults and helping your child better understand the world around them.

robor2Remember the first time you saw your child point at something and call it out by name? Teaching your child how to interpret the world is not only an emotional gift but one that continues to make an impact on their development for years to come. Robor is an educational toy that helps your kids significantly increase their vocabulary and understanding of their environment while tracking and reporting their progress back to you.

Robor is a small super cute doll with a camera, a mic, a speaker, and a pair of OLED eyes. It’s modeled after how kids naturally learn about the world by associating what they see to what the they hear from their parents. For example, when kids hold up their cat toy to Robor, it recognizes the cat and says “Here is a cat and it meows, meows, meows!” giving the kids more exposure to object and word association – take a look!


Not only is Robor one of the cutest applications of Clarifai’s visual recognition technology we’ve ever seen, but it’s also one of the most novel and well-executed. An adorable robot toy that also helps children learn? Sign us up! We’ve already contributed to Robor’s Indiegogo campaign to fund their product launch and you should, too. Here’s the link!


We asked Sun Peng, a product and industrial designer from Shanghai, China who loves cats and designing cool gadgets, to explain her inspiration for Robor and how she was able to launch her prototype using the Clarifai API.

Clarifai: What inspired your idea for Robor?

Sun: I came across Feifei Li’s TED talk “How we’re teaching computers to understand pictures” while I was working on my graduating project. I was deeply moved when she said “First, we teach them to see. Then, they help us to see better. For the first time, human eyes won’t be the only ones pondering and exploring our world.” The lightbulb went off: “I can build a kids’ companion to explore the world with them!”

What did you use to build your app?

The first prototype was pretty easy. I got help from a friend who knows some Android programming and we simply linked up Clarifai’s API with a simple Text to Speech. We did it in a few hours! This quick validation gave us the confidence to continue to design and develop Robor.

What was the best part about working with Clarifai?

Clarifai API made it so easy for us to validate the idea in hours! It was fun, and we were over the moon when our app recognized the cat, and it said, “CAT!”

Thanks for sharing, Sun!

To learn more, check out our documentation and sign-up for a free Clarifai account to start using our API – all it takes is three lines of code to get up and running! We’re super excited to share all the cool things built by our developer community, so don’t forget to tweet @Clarifai to show us your apps.

And give Sun some props in the comments below. Don’t forget to help fund the Robor IndieGoGo campaign! Until next time!