NEW DELHI (Agencies): New Delhi has sanctioned an investment of $1.2 billion in artificial intelligence over the next five years. As part of this initiative, a school in southern India has recently unveiled ‘IRIS’, the nation’s first AI-powered humanoid robot teacher, capable of performing complex tasks.

IRIS was developed by Maker Labs, an Indian robotics company. The robot is described as a versatile teaching tool with interactive capabilities. It is equipped with an Intel processor and a coprocessor for handling tasks, and can be controlled and interacted with via an Android app interface.

The robot teacher is fitted with an AI-based voice assistant that can provide explanations and deliver educational content. IRIS has the ability to move around on a wheeled platform, manipulate objects, perform demonstrations, and engage in hands-on learning activities.

Earlier this week, an IRIS robot was introduced at the KTCT Higher Secondary School in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala state, which boasts the highest literacy rate (94%) among all Indian states. Maker Labs has also shared videos of the robot, adorned in a traditional Indian ‘sari’, interacting with students in a classroom setting.

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