Cassian Baliarsingh

Breaking boundaries in the field of education, a school in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram has introduced Iris, an AI (Artificial Intelligence) teacher. The humanoid robot teacher is the first in the state and possibly in the entire country.

Developed in collaboration with Makerlabs Edutech, it is a revolutionary step in the field of education. The AI teacher is part of the Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) project, a 2021 NITI Aayog initiative designed to boost extracurricular activities in schools.

Kerala’s KTCT Higher Secondary School, run by Kaduvayil Thangal Charitable Trust, becomes the first school to introduce the AI teacher. Surprisingly, the robot can perfectly perform all the activities like a school teacher.

Iris can answer complex questions across all subjects, provide personalized voice assistance and facilitate interactive learning experiences. It also has the potential to personalize learning, cater to different learning styles, and make education more engaging for students, especially in school.

The robot can move, interact, and answer to students’ responses. The students are so impressed that there are zero absentees in the classes. It can teach subjects from nursery to Class 12 and speaks three languages – English, Hindi and Malayalam.

The developers are also planning to expand this to over 20 languages. To top it all, Iris also can block inappropriate content like drugs and violence. 

Makerlabs Official introduced the AI teacher and wrote, “At the forefront of innovation, Makerlabs edutech is proud to unveil our latest creation, IRIS - the AI Teacher Robot, poised to redefine the learning landscape as we know it. IRIS embodies our commitment to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, inspiring confidence in more groundbreaking innovations to come.”

The post further read, “With IRIS, we’ve set out to revolutionize education by harnessing the power of AI to create a truly personalized learning experience. By adapting to each student’s needs and preferences, IRIS empowers educators to deliver engaging and effective lessons like never before.”

While the impact of the humanoid robot in long run is yet to be seen, it is certainly a great innovation for the future of education.