Xiaomi has unveiled a new product under the Youpin (formerly MIJIA) crowdfunding platform and it is the 304th crowdfunded product from the tech giant. The smartphone is listed as Machine Island AI Point Pen however rather of being used for writing, the pen is used for reading among other functions. The product is a third-party one, manufactured by Nanjing Machine Island Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd and is valued at 299 yuan ($44)
The Machine Island AI reading pen isn’t a writing pen but operates which includes braille in that it reads out the words as the pen is swiped across the book. Perhaps, the most spectacular feature is the integration XiaoAI smart assistant. The gadget moreover functions as a story machine, a learning machine and a translator as it can provide Chinese-English translations. The pen supports smart pronunciation evaluation, intelligent learning report. The pen can also be synchronised with the MIJIA app in order to view useful data this kind of as the child’s learning interest and process at a glance. It ships with WiFi 802.711 b/g/n what provides unlimited download capability, automatic content updating. The WiFi also enables the pen to automatically read the voice resources for dedicated pictures-only storybooks.
The pen is developed to assist the development of the kid in five core competencies of self-care, social, psychological, cognitive and logical thinking. The database includes 20 sub-themes, above 1200 knowledge points, and over 2000 Chinese and Engish vocabulary. Since it is developed for kids, the design is just cool and attractive in line with children’s aesthetics. The frame is made from silicone with gentle finishing and In addition delicate to hold. The product is said to have got the certification of the US FDA.
As for the design, the pen is shaped such as a typical pen however with a robust build and design like a little teddy bear putting on a bow tie. The butt assumes the shape of a head with two antenna lights that seems like ears. There is an aperture for a microphone at the top half just under the bow tie. Just under the mic is a smart intercom key. The number control buttons are at the side of the intercom key while at the other side is the power button and USB charging port. The product has some grills at the back housing the speaker. The design is done to make the gadget usable like a walkie talkie. Last but not least, the tip is truthfully the reading recognition area and cannot produce any ink for writing. The pen will be in the world in blue and pink colors.
The AI pen is expected to start shipping on February 28 but is yet on crowdfunding. The crowdfunding has been a tremendous success with up to 700,000 yuan raised so far after the manufacturer only needed 10,000 yuan.