AIM GLOBAL INNOVATION is a research venture spinning off from the AIMLAB at Mahidol University, Thailand. We build an innovation for improving people’s quality of life based through robotic technologies. One of the innovations that is ready for the market is an education robot for children with autism. The robot is used as assistive tool for teachers, caregivers, parents, and therapists in order to create training sessions for children with autism spectrum disorders at schools, households, and hospitals. While it helps with the creation of training sessions, the robot also makes learning more fun, interactive, thus enhances children’s engagement in the training and learning. It is suitable for children age of 4 to 12 years old. More than 100 teaching contents have already been developed and tested in six schools and hospital and a continuous development pipeline is part of the our business model. Users can freely download these contents from a content sharing platform. Moreover, we developed a robot control program that allows user to create teaching contents simply. The contents can be designed and created to fit with individual needs. These contents can be shared to other users through the provided platform. Efficient training sessions thus can be set up as frequently as possible and truly fit with each child.
Although it may not be as significant as it seems, autism brings both challenges for the child and the family throughout the child’s life time. Despite the challenges, children with autism deserves the best possible education they can get. With the low therapist-to-autistic children ratio in many part of the world, these children are not being given the right education for their development. The awareness of the AIM Global Innovation has found a strategy that allows them to provide such education for Children with autism with great scalability through uses of robots. Not only is using robots effective in delivery proper educational contents, it also makes things easier for caregivers, teachers, and parents. Japan is an unique market. It may have not be the easiest market when it comes to technology adoption, robotic application is also a more developed in Japan. Thus AEA could be a good platform in the introduction of this technology into the Japanese market and also allows the venture to seek robotic partners for their future developments.