The Robot’s Multifaceted Abilities: Dancing, Singing, and Teaching English to Military School Instructors


The Robot’s Multifaceted Abilities: Dancing, Singing, and Teaching English to Military School Instructors

A group of instructors at the Military Technical Academy designed Bonbon, a 1.27m tall and 40kg robot that can support teaching English, communication, singing, and dancing to elementary school students. This intelligent humanoid robot is part of a research topic under the National Key Science and Technology Program until 2025. Proposed by the Military Technical Academy, the topic was selected for implementation by the Ministry of Science and Technology and has been accepted and approved by the National Council of Science and Technology. In October 2023, the product was granted a Useful Solution Patent by the Intellectual Property Office.

Dr. Le Dinh Son, the project leader, expressed his satisfaction with the success of the project. He stated that the product showcases the mastery of robot design techniques and technology by domestic scientists. The team behind Bonbon was able to develop fundamental software technology, solve artificial intelligence problems in sound, image, and natural language processing, and create a robot that can interact with humans through various means like speech, eye expressions, and physical gestures.

The project began in 2020, with nearly 20 lecturers from the Military Technical Academy working on different aspects such as information technology, control, and mechanics. The main goal was to create a robot with a friendly human-like appearance suitable for elementary school children. The robot, named Bonbon, stands 1.27m tall, weighs 40kg, and features a mobile module with multi-directional wheels for movement. It can perform various teaching activities like presenting content, teaching vocabulary, sentence structures, and engaging in conversation or dancing and singing.

The team faced challenges in designing the hardware system, developing software modules, and ensuring real-time synchronization for the robot’s operations. Despite these challenges, they were able to create a robot that met the set features and technical parameters. Moving forward, the team plans to improve its manipulation ability, intelligence, and features for wider applications such as reception, travel, product promotion, administrative procedures, and giving instructions.

After testing Bonbon in primary schools in Hanoi and Bac Kan, teachers and students expressed excitement about the robot’s ability to assist in teaching English. The robot’s presence enhanced the classroom experience and increased student interaction and engagement. With positive feedback from the test results, the team is motivated to continue improving the robot’s capabilities and features for broader usage in various settings.

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