Panasonic PA! GO: a children's how-to using Google TensorFlow and Raspberry Pi Zero

Panasonic has released an interesting device PA! GO, which will help children learn about the world.

Magic lantern

Externally, the gadget resembles a flashlight, on whichThere are only two buttons. If you press one of them and point at any item, PA!GO will take a photo, analyze it and tell you a short information. To listen to a more detailed description, you need to press the second button and the device will find the necessary information in the Google Knowledge Graph.

All photos can be reviewed later andshow it to your loved ones. Using Chromecast, the “flashlight” connects to a TV or monitor and shows captured objects with detailed descriptions and educational videos on a related topic. In the future, Panasonic plans to add a storytelling feature that will allow images and information to be projected onto a wall or ceiling.

PA!GO was developed based on the Google TensorFlow platform and the Coral USB accelerator using the Google Edge TPU chip for machine learning.

The company hopes that this gadget will help children to get away from smartphones, spend more time in the fresh air and learn more about the world around them.

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Fun gadget PA!GO for children was developed by the design division of the Japanese corporation Panasonic. The innovative device, which looks very much like a flashlight, will allow little ones to explore the world in an intuitive playful way and at the same time give parents a blissful respite from the questions “What is this?”

"Magic Lantern" helpsidentify, analyze and recognize various objects that surround the child. Even a baby can use it. There are only two buttons on the body. Just point the device at the item you are interested in and press the first button – PA!GO will take the photo and recognize it. A sound signal will indicate the successful completion of the process, after which the gadget will announce a short description through the built-in speaker. Want more information? Then click on the second button, and PA!GO will contact the Google Knowledge Graph knowledge base and receive expanded information.

The fun begins at home, where children canshare your finds with family and friends. Using Chromecast, the Panasonic device transmits to any TV or monitor information about all objects that interest the child at different times of the day. along with descriptions, related topics, and relevant instructional videos.

In the future, a “magic lantern”can be complemented by a storytelling function that combines the capabilities of the camera and Panasonic projection equipment. A microprojector attached to the “body” PA!GO, using a magnetic ring, will allow your child to project images of objects and animals that he is interested in onto the walls and ceiling of his room.

The developers hope that thanks to their conceptChildren will be able to break away from smartphones and other devices that absorb free time, and will be more likely to go outdoors, learning new things about everything that surrounds them.