How It Works

NoRILLA bridges the advantages of physical and virtual worlds to improve children's STEM and inquiry learning in a more enjoyable and collaborative way. Our patent pending technology and learning method, provides personalized interactive feedback to children as they experiment and make discoveries in their everyday environment. They get to make predictions, observe and explain the results just like a little scientist, all with interactive guidance and intelligent feedback based on proven learning mechanisms delivered through a friendly gorilla character.

Our specialized AI algorithm tracks what the kids are doing as children experiment in the physical 3D world, asks them questions interactively and helps them understand the underlying reasons as they observe physical phenomena, fostering curiosity and critical thinking skills. It fosters collaboration and productive dialogue, encouraging them to discuss,  collaborate and learn together with friends and family. Our patent pending technology can be adapted to different content areas to teach children different skills and topics that are essential to prepare them for the jobs of the future. 


Our research at Carnegie Mellon University with over 200 children in school and museums has shown that our mixed-reality system improves children's learning by 5 times compared to equivalent tablet or computer based learning, while also increasing enjoyment. Furthermore, our research has proven that having the intelligent layer on top of physical experimentation based on proven and effective learning mechanisms in our system has a critical role in learning, rather than having kids explore with physical materials on their own.


"The more the video and screen generation comes through, the shorter their attention span is. I feel like I'm competing with the Xbox, the Wii. I have to be super engaging for them to pay attention to me. There is so much technology out there for kids, that's great but there is so few ways to get them on the same thing at the same time.

I love that NoRILLA uses technology in such an engaging, communicative and non-isolating way. I'm not a scientist, I'm not a scientist by any stretch of imagination and I love science and I love to teach science, but I feel like I'm limited by own limitations in the science world. To have something like this that supports and backs up and lets the kids and myself all learn together is genius!"

- Teacher, Boston