A little-known company in Australia is developing a robotic system that can mimic human behavior and even become a full-fledged computer.
Axis Software Technologies, which has a team of engineers in Melbourne, Australia, is working on a robotic keyboard-using device that could be used in the workplace or even in classrooms.
AxIS Technologies, the Melbourne-based company behind the AxiKey, says the system uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to make it easier for a student to learn.
AxI’s AxiKeys are a keyboard that can use a touchscreen, which lets you type faster and can be programmed to respond to the touch of the user’s hand, as well as be programmed for multiple fingers.
They are also designed to have sensors that detect where the user is looking, so that when the user starts typing, the keys respond.
AxiKey uses sensors and cameras to detect where a user is pointing and responds to where the mouse cursor is, so students can quickly learn how to type and navigate.
AxIConcepted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2017, the company has now sold more than 100,000 Axi Keys.
The Axi Key is being marketed to educators, parents and parents-to-be.
Axi’s CEO, Andrew LeBlanc, says that while the technology is not yet ready for mass production, the Axes keyboard is already popular in classrooms because of the ease of use.
It can be taught with a combination of hands-on teaching and a manual instruction system, he says.
In a demonstration, Axi showed how it was possible to use the AxIKeys keyboard to teach children how to use their smartphones to play with a ball, and to tell them which buttons to press when a picture appears on their phone screen.
“In just two weeks, students can create an app for themselves to access the AxIS Key, and then they can start learning how to program the Axis Key to respond,” LeBlanch says.
He says the AxID is already available for use in schools in Australia, and that the company will release more AxI Keys and a software to make them available in the future.
AxID is also working with the Australian Federal Government to make Axi keyboards available to Australian students.
The company says that it has sold over 100,00 Axi keys in schools and is now in the process of getting more of the AxIDs into classrooms across Australia.
LeBlanc says that despite the company’s low valuation, AxID has built a solid business.
“The AxID, which was a $30 million investment in the beginning, is now one of the most successful businesses in Australia,” he says, adding that it is not only providing Axi with funding, but also helping to improve the technology by helping Axi achieve its goal of becoming the world’s leading digital keyboard company.