Common pedagogical wisdom states that the younger a child begins learning a new language, the easier it is for them to acquire.

And adhering to that philosophy, Israeli startup Curiosity Robotics has created a friendly, chatty little robot to teach English as a foreign language to preschoolers.

Meet Aico, the charming, smiling artificial intelligence teaching tool that is the product of three years of research at Tel Aviv University’s Curiosity Labs.

Aico is programmed to use a teaching method devised by British-Israeli educator Helen Doron, which advocates for children starting to learn a second language as early as three months of age.

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Curiosity Robotics is a startup that fosters early childhood education through interactive robotic toys. Its Founder and Chairman of the Board, Yaron Bul, is a Technion alumnus.