Lantronix Engineering Services Support Creation of Embodied’s Moxie, a Revolutionary Robot for Child Development
Lantronix Helped Create Moxie’s AI-Driven Operating System With Advanced IoT, Camera, Privacy and Security Functionality
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 20, 2020 — Lantronix Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX), a global provider of Software as a Service (SaaS), engineering services and hardware for Edge Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Remote Environment Management (REM), today announced that its engineering team supported Embodied Inc., an industry-leading robotics and artificial intelligence company, in the creation of Moxie, a revolutionary new companion robot for children.
“Security and privacy have been an uncompromising priority for us since the inception of Moxie, which is why it was extremely important for us to work with Lantronix Engineering Services. Lantronix has an impressive track record and a deep and solid expertise in security,” said Paolo Pirjanian, CEO and Founder of Embodied Inc. “With the support of the Lantronix team to aid in the development of a secure operating system with advanced IoT, privacy, security, and camera technologies, we were able to bring Moxie to market.”
Designed to promote children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development through play-based learning, Moxie utilizes advanced AI, IoT and robotics technologies. Moxie is a new type of robot that has the ability to understand and express emotions with believable facial expressions, emotive speech and body language, tapping into human psychology and neurology to create deeper bonds to help support child development.
Challenge: Create a Secure AI-based Robot for Children
Privacy and security are top requirements for mobile and robotic products, especially those designed for use by children. Challenges included developing secure over-the-air operating system updates, secure boot, Android-verified boot, secure external interfaces and avoidance of backdoor intrusion. In addition, Moxie needed advanced camera technologies with the ability to adjust to scene changes and varied lighting environments.
Solution: Lantronix Engineering Services
Embodied’s designers chose the Lantronix Engineering Services team to support the development of a secure operating system with advanced privacy, security, and camera technologies to ensure that Moxie would be safe for use by children. In addition, the Lantronix team helped deliver the most appropriate options for camera exposure control to ensure image quality in challenging imaging environments. Implementing advanced camera technology enables Moxie to interact while adaptively adjusting to scene changes, such as dim lighting conditions.
Results: Moxie, A Secure Robot to Help Children Develop Meaningful Skills
With the support of Lantronix’s Engineering Services, the Embodied team created Moxie, the first-ever animate companion robot for children. With Lantronix’s Engineering Services delivering advanced privacy, security and interactivity features, Embodied was able to quickly develop a market-ready prototype. In addition, Lantronix’s contributions supported and freed up resources for the Embodied team, enabling them to spend their time and efforts on creating Moxie’s interactive and educational capabilities. Lantronix’s contributions helped Embodied bring Moxie to market faster, more affordably and with built-in security updates and patches that can be remotely updated.
Security & Privacy Deliverables:
- Secure Boot, ensuring that the only initial software that can be run on the device is authorized, ensuring a secure boot sequence/chain
- Android Verified Boot, verifying the Android kernel and filesystems are authenticated cryptographically
- Secure external interfaces, ensuring no ports are susceptible to backdoor intrusion
- Secure device software updates, enabling application of security patches and future features
Advanced Camera Deliverables:
- Auto-exposure library, providing the ability to adaptively adjust to scene changes with varied lighting environments, particularly in dim lighting conditions.
“Moxie’s advanced AI-driven operating system, created with support from Lantronix’s Engineering Services team, gives children a companion robot that delivers a unique developmental experience,” said Jonathan Shipman, VP of Strategy for Lantronix. “With Lantronix Engineering Services, Embodied was able to affordably jumpstart the design, create a usable prototype and deliver a market-ready Moxie to market.”
About Lantronix Engineering Services
Lantronix offers a full range of production-ready Edge AI computing solutions, including multi-disciplinary engineering services. Its experienced engineering team provides IoT product development that delivers unparalleled expertise and proven product development best practices to help its customers meet their technical goals and quickly get products to prototype and market. Lantronix’s flexible engineering offerings range from fixed-cost turnkey product development to augmenting design teams in complex areas of product development, including camera development, voice control, machine learning, mechanical and RF design and thermal and power optimization. Learn more.
Lantronix Inc. is a global provider of software as a service (SaaS), engineering services and hardware for Edge Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Remote Environment Management (REM). Lantronix enables its customers to provide reliable and secure solutions while accelerating their time to market. Lantronix’s products and services dramatically simplify operations through the creation, development, deployment and management of customer projects at scale while providing quality, reliability and security.
Lantronix’s portfolio of services and products address each layer of the IoT Stack, including Collect, Connect, Compute, Control and Comprehend, enabling its customers to deploy successful IoT and REM solutions. Lantronix’s services and products deliver a holistic approach, addressing its customers’ needs by integrating a SaaS management platform with custom application development layered on top of external and embedded hardware, enabling intelligent edge computing, secure communications (wired, Wi-Fi and cellular), location and positional tracking and environmental sensing and reporting.
With three decades of proven experience in creating robust industry and customer-specific solutions, Lantronix is an innovator in enabling its customers to build new business models, leverage greater efficiencies and realize the possibilities of IoT and REM. Lantronix’s solutions are deployed inside millions of machines at data centers, offices and remote sites serving a wide range of industries, including energy, agriculture, medical, security, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, retail, financial, environmental, infrastructure and government.
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