Most of the researchers believe that the optimal time to teach kids language skills is when they are infants. Most times the task is easily accomplished with parents reading or talking to their babies. In most of the case it is not possible for them because of their busy schedules or when kids are born deaf. Now, the parents and guardians are assisted with an adorable blue-eyed robot, a human avatar, and some high-tech neuroscience with this crucial developmental task. The Robot Avatar Thermal-Enhanced system, or RAVE, is the brainchild of a team of researchers led by Laura Ann Petitto, an educational neuroscientist, at Washington, D.C.’s Gallaudet University. When the robot’s thermal camera, which is focused on the baby’s face, detects tiny changes in infant’s body temperature, it starts the learning process. This, combined with the baby’s engaged facial expression, causes the robot to turn its head and guide the infant’s attention to a computer screen. Here, a human avatar starts to communicate with the baby, much like a parent would. The “conversation” continues until the kid loses interest. After testing for 3 years, the researchers found that infants as young as 6 to 8 months old began to move their hands in a rhythm similar to ASL after interacting with RAVE for just a few minutes. It plays a different role from other methods,by showing educational videos or television shows, is its interactive nature and real-time response to the baby’s actions. The researchers say that while it is too early to ascertain the system’s long-term impact on infant communication, the initial response has been very encouraging. Next, they plan to introduce an avatar that can both sign and speak to infants.