SIPI students help build robot that understands Diné


Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute students have developed a voice-operated robot that can be commanded using the Diné language. NAVCaR, or Native American Voice Controlled Automated Robot, can also follow commands spoken in the Santa Domingo Pueblo and San Felipe Pueblo languages. NAVCaR can understand Diné words like “náás,” which means forward, “t’áájígo,” which means reverse. Students at SIPI hope the NAVCaR will bring an interest in science and math to the reservation.

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