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 flashlight

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

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

PA! GO developed based on the Google TensorFlow platform and 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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Funny PA gadget!GO for children has developed a design division of the Japanese Corporation Panasonic. The innovative device, which looks very much like a flashlight, will allow small Pochemuchkas to learn the world in an intuitive game form and at the same time give parents a blissful respite from the questions “What is this?”.

"Magic Flashlight" helps to highlightanalyze and recognize the various objects that surround the child. Even a baby can use it. On the case there are only two buttons. It is enough to point the device at the item that interests you and press the first button - PA! GO will take a picture and recognize it. On the successful completion of the process will inform the audio signal, 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 get extended information.

The most interesting begins at home, where children canShare your findings with family and friends. Using the Chromecast, the Panasonic device transmits to any TV or monitor information about all the objects that have interested the child at different times of the day - along with descriptions, related topics and suitable training videos.

In the future, "magic flashlight" canTo be supplemented by a storytelling function that combines the capabilities of the camera and Panasonic projection equipment. A microprojector attached to a PA! GO “body” using a magnetic ring will allow the child to project images of objects and animals in which he was interested on 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.