NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 27, 2019 Gearbugs Corp. just announced that they are raising funds via Kickstarter to finish the development and production of Armz, a smart toy that can be customized to play various types of game modes. The company set out to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter to finish development and produce the first batch of their latest smart toy invention.
Armz is a new, smart toy that is designed to be highly customizable. The heart and soul of Armz is the Smart Core™ which contains the motors and mechanisms that allow it to move, speak, and light up. In addition to the Smart Core™, Armz also comes with five different arm attachments that can transform the core into a personalized toy.
Gearbugs Corp has also developed an app that will be available on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. By syncing the app to the Armz via bluetooth, players will be able to access multiple game modes that match one of the five attachments. The current lineup of game modes include the following: Remote Control Racing, Steering Wheel Racing, Sumo Wrestling, and Tank Battle.
While the gaming feature is one of the main features of Armz, it also meant to be much more than just a simple toy. When Armz is not out on the field for matches, it can be placed on its charging dock to serve as a mood lamp or night light. Users can also customize the voice of Armz with their own recording and program it to act as a virtual home assistant. Finally, a blockchain coding mode is also available to act as an educational tool to teach basic coding.
With all of the available features, Armz users are able to put their imagination to the test by referring to the blueprint on the application and creating their own side attachments via 3D printing technology. As users get more accustomed to Armz’s capabilities over time, people may find that there are certain attachments that are not yet available that may enhance the performance of Armz.
Armz is now available on Kickstarter with exclusive early bird prices starting at $95 (40% off retail value). After the campaign, Gearbugs Corps. anticipates manufacturing and delivery to be fulfilled by the end of August 2019. Any influencers or journalists interested in receiving a sample and reviewing Armz are encouraged to submit an inquiry through its Kickstarter page.
Wheeling, Illinois (February 14, 2019) – Elenco, the maker of the award-winning Snap Circuits® products, announces a new line of educational toys under the brand name TEACH TECH™, with a focus on hands-on, building fun. The first offerings within the TEACH TECH™ line feature robotic kits, including products that explore renewable energy and coding. Following the Learn by doing® philosophy found in all Elenco products, TEACH TECH™ enhances play quality with an emphasis on Do-It-Yourself building to boost confidence and critical thinking skills. Products within this line will appeal to all who enjoy using their hands to build and tinker and then bring their creations to life with movement, coding and programming. Future-minded kids can also investigate alternative power sources with kits that highlight solar, hydraulic, wind, or air power.
TEACH TECH™ unveils two innovative, coding robot kits at New York Toy Fair, as well as other electronic and alternative energy kits:
Tobbie II Kids can build a robot, then code and program with MakeCode or Phython Editor. With 6 legs and a fully-rotational body, Tobbie includes motor, infrared sensors, buzzers, and BBC Micro:bit. Bluetooth-controlled and user-friendly. DIY and Coding in one kit!
Mech-5! Truly innovative- screenless coding. A mission-based STEM coding robot with a mechanical coding wheel, instead of a computer. Mech-5 is “unplugged” – a new concept of coding without a computer or app. Just snap coding buttons onto the coding wheel to initiate movement such as forward, backward, turn, spin, or pause. Screenless coding
Elenco will officially introduce the TEACH TECH™ brand and unveil Tobbie II and Mech-5 at this year’s New York Toy Fair, with demonstrations of TEACH TECH’s green energy and other mechanical-robotic kits within the line. TEACH TECH™ will be available in all Elenco’s retail channels, including specialty stores, larger retailers, and online retailers. The official product launches for Tobbie II and Mech-5 are slated for Summer 2019.
New in Snap Circuits®
Green Energy! In line with the focus on renewable energy evident in the Teach Tech™ line, Elenco also introduces Snap Circuits® GREEN ENERGY – a reboot of the popular Snap Circuits® GREEN – updated with new parts and content for today’s exploration into alternative energy concepts, including electric cars, windmills, and hand-generated power. Perfect for environmentalists and future engineers!
Toy Of The Year!SNAP CIRCUITS® BRIC: Structures, released in 2018, is a Toy Of The Year Finalist! BRIC combines SNAP CIRCUITS® with ordinary building bricks to make endless combinations of construction and circuitry. Winner of KAPi BEST EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT award at the Consumer Electronics Show, ASTRA Best Toys For Kids, and the inaugural recipient of the Seriously STEM award.
STEM-Approved! Elenco is proud to announce that their award-winning SNAP CIRCUITS® line of educational products and toys has earned the STEM APPROVED Trustmark from STEM.org. In addition, Elenco has partnered with STEM.org for the upcoming SNAP CIRCUITS® GREEN ENERGY kit. STEM.org’s mission is to make quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education accessible to all. For more than 15 years, STEM.org has been at the forefront of the global, Pre-K – 12th grade STEM education movement.
About Elenco: Family owned and operated for over 45 years, Elenco has provided educational/STEM products, along with hobby and test equipment to consumers and schools. Elenco’s award-winning SNAP CIRCUITS® products teach kids to have fun learning electricity, engineering, circuitry and more. The award-winning SNAP CIRCUITS® brand has been endorsed by educators globally and used in schools, libraries, museums, after-school and homeschool programs, STEM and Maker programs, and at home. Elenco WEmake™ line includes educational, D.I.Y kits and tools that teach soldering and other basic electronics concepts and skills. Elenco is also the North American partner for world-renowned toy brands including Engino Construction and Edu-Toys Science Kits, and more. Broadly distributed through a wide-range of retail channels, Elenco products can be found wherever fun, innovative, science-based activities are sold.
Our Mission: Our mission is to provide quality, innovative toys and educational products that are fun, affordable, engaging, and designed to instill a passion for learning and creating. We’re committed to inspiring imagination, invention, and exploration. We believe the best way to learn is by doing.
BOULDER, Colo., February 19, 2019 ‒ Sphero, the industry leader in robotics fused with STEAM learning, announced today its Kickstarter launch of RVR – a ready-to-drive, fully programmable and customizable robot with endless coding possibilities. The campaign begins today on Kickstarter with pledge levels starting at $199 (MSRP for $249) and initial shipments will be available starting in September 2019. Backers who support the RVR project within the first week of launch will be eligible to be selected for an all-expenses paid trip to Sphero HQ in Boulder, CO to compete in an all-day RVR Hackathon on March 14, 2019.
RVR is drivable right out of the box, making it approachable and accessible to coders of all levels, including beginners. In addition, its advanced features are geared specifically for those looking for a more complex coding experience — the first of Sphero’s products to do so. For advanced coders, RVR can be fully customized through a universal expansion port, full suite of on-board sensors and an advanced control system.
“RVR is the kind of robot I wish I had growing up,” said Adam Wilson, Sphero co-founder and chief creative officer. “For makers, developers and anyone who loves to build things, RVR’s advanced capabilities bring to life everything that makes coding exciting. That creative experience is at the core of why we first started Sphero.”
RVR is fast, exceptionally nimble and fun to drive for coders of all abilities. It sports a fine-tuned, high- resolution motor encoder, allowing it to be driven with extreme agility, accuracy and torque that can easily scale a 45-degree angle.
Beyond its out-of-the-box base, RVR’s universal expansion port has the ability to connect to third-party hardware like Raspberry Pi, Micro:Bit or Arduino, allowing users to customize the robot however they want.
The robot is outfitted with several onboard sensors that will get any maker’s imagination going: a color sensor, light sensor, IR, magnetometer, accelerometer and gyroscope, as well as a roll cage and clear protective plate that are removable. RVR’s ambient light, color and 9-axis IMU are able to send and receive signals to interact with other Sphero robots. The large battery inside RVR is removable, making charging easier and faster.
“This is truly a professional-level robot, without the hefty price tag,” said Wilson. “By connecting your hardware of choice to the expansion port, the customization possibilities are endless and entirely up to you. For example, you can hook up a camera to RVR and program facial recognition to do a dance every time your best friend walks by.”
To support customization with the expansion port, Sphero is partnering with SparkFun Electronics to build kits that inspire users to take the RVR to the next level – from adding camera vision and GPS to building a complete autonomous vehicle. SparkFun is also backing the KickStarter through the „Get a Bot, Give a Bot“ initiative, where they will match the first 50 RVR’s purchased with a donation of 50 RVRs to schools.
With RVR, like all of Sphero’s products, users have access to the Sphero EDU app, which connects a vibrant, active community of DIYers, makers, programmers, hackers and educators to share tips, questions and commentary. This unique community enhances the product experience, providing users with resources to take on new challenges, solve problems, be creative and share creations. Sphero will roll out an initial wave of RVR content on the app in conjunction with its launch.
ABOUT SPHERO: Founded in 2010 and based in Boulder, CO, Sphero’s ongoing mission is to inspire the creators of tomorrow. We’re available in 80+ countries around the globe and have sold more than four million robots to date… and counting. Touted as “the best day of school” for kids, we aim to be all that and more as we continue to explore new technologies in the realm of creative play. We firmly believe that play is a powerful teacher, and as long as we’re sparking imaginations around the world, we’ll keep fueling that fire.
ABOUT SPHERO EDU: Sphero Edu uses app-enabled robots to foster creativity through discovery and play, all while laying the foundation for computer science. The Sphero Edu program goes beyond code with collaborative STEAM activities, nurturing students’ imaginations in ways no other education program can. Cross-platform apps
are approachable for all skill levels, allowing us to reach as many minds as possible. To date, the Sphero Edu team works with more than 30,000 educators, in more than 20,000 schools across the globe. More than 1.3 million students have been positively impacted through Sphero Edu and its work to educate kids surrounding technology and computer science. For more information, visit sphero.com/education or follow @SpheroEdu on Twitter.
With $10M in Series A+ funding, Vincross launches MIND Kit, first robotics-only makers kit, available on Kickstarter
San Francisco, February 19, 2019 / PRNewswire / — Vincross <http://vincross.com/>, a developer of accessible consumer robotics, announced the launch of MIND Kit, a robotics developer kit for makers, developers, robotics enthusiasts, and even first time students of robotic development, which is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter starting today.
The launch of MIND Kit is opportune in an environment when robotics is garnering greater visibility of its future impact to society, but in reality the opportunities to learn about or even develop complex robotics doesn’t exist outside of the laboratory or children’s robotics development kits.
In fact, 90% of Americans believe learning about robotics will ‘future-proof’ their professions, but just 5% of Americans have attempted to develop a robotics program, according to a Harris Poll commissioned by Vincross. The crux of the problem lies in 62% of Americans today feeling that robotics hardware is inaccessible, according to the poll. MIND Kit comes in at a time when too few public or community-based resources are available, while robotics kits with drag-and-drop programming merely cater to children, but offer nothing modular and sophisticated enough to build practical, complex robots.
Driven by a mission to make robotics accessible, which started with HEXA, Vincross’ six-legged all-terrain robot, MIND Kit takes Vincross vision a step further. As the first and only robotics-optimized makers kit that’s highly customizable, MIND Kit sports 54 programmable pins and six USB-C ports, suited for building experimental IoT devices and robots that makes access to robotics development closer to a reality where it’s no more challenging than building mobile applications.
MIND Kit is the sum of three fundamental hardware modules that make up the base of the kit including the CEREBRUM, the central processing unit enabling complex AI computations including computer vision AI or Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM); the SERVO CONTROLLER, which powers as many as 20 servos motors simultaneously; and ENERGON, a battery optimized to run both servo motors and AI algorithms with an output rate of 480 watts.
Under the hood powering MIND Kit, is MIND OS 2.0, Vincross’ updated robotics-specific operating system that can be accessed through a simple SDK, making it easier than ever to build your MIND Kit robot’s skills, movements and applications, without requiring deep robotics development skills. In addition, MIND OS is supported by the Vincross Forum, a community of robotics developers sharing the knowledge and skills to support other developers in their robotic builds.
For added functionality, users can attach additional plug-and-play modular hardware accessories including lidar, mountable sensors, speakers, mic arrays or even a tank base that allows your robotics build to drive over uneven terrain.
In fact, early beta testers have transformed MIND Kit into lifestyle accompaniments including a voice controlled IoT device with motorized arms that act on command to passing the salt and pepper at your dinner table or to assist with infant feeding; a consumer robotics product like a vacuum cleaner that uses SLAM and computer vision to navigate around your floor while brushing up dust autonomously; or even an eight-legged all-terrain robot akin to HEXA.
“HEXA was the most sophisticated all-purpose consumer robot that empowered even software developers to manipulate HEXA, but we saw a demand to make robotics development just as easy for both developing hardware and software,” said Tianqi Sun, CEO and Founder of Vincross. “MIND Kit was a natural evolution from HEXA and hope to inspire more aspiring roboticists out of the classroom and building real world use cases for robotics.”
CEREBRUM – The ‘brain’ or CPU that powers the MIND Kit ecosystem including its modular accessories, runs on an ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor.
SERVO CONTROLLER – The module that enables MIND Kit to run up to 20 servos motors simultaneously. The Servo Controller along with the Cerebrum, when clipped together, form the basis of MIND Kit as a robotics-optimized makers kit.
ENERGON – a Lithium-ion battery that’s optimized to run both AI and robotic motors efficiently.
MIND OS 2.0 – The first and only operating system on the market that’s exclusively designed for robotics, has been updated and now makes it easier than ever to develop software applications for your robot.
Customizable – With 54 programmable pins or 6 USB Type-C outlets built into Cerebrum, hack MIND Kit to build highly sophisticated robots customized to your desire.
Modular Accessories – With plug-and-play accessories, clip accessories together to add more functions to your robotic build including Lidar, 4-Axis Robotic Arm, Tank Base (wheeled module with caterpillar track), Speaker & Microphone Array, and Rover Base (four wheeled module).
Robotics-Optimized – The only robotics-tailored makers kit, MIND Kit can control up to 20 servo motors at once, while also running SLAM, real-time video processing, and reinforcement learning.
MIND Kit’s basic kit is available for on Kickstarter for $99 USD, including Cerebrum, and will later retail for $150 USD. A combo kit, comprised of Cerebrum, a Servo Controller, and Robot Battery, will be available for $199 on Kickstarter.
A new paradigm of
easy, fun, affordable and super-extensible robot platform
Robot Factory developed an unique singular module
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an easy assembly and provide an opportunity to enjoy fun activities at an
Many car shaped robots are capable of driving, crawling
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up a lot of time to assemble. Everything starts from the idea of creating a
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prices. Robot Factory presents a new paradigm in the history of robotics toy,
PingPong: a single module based robot platform.
PingPong is a single modular robot platform. Each Cube
has BLE 5.0 CPU, battery, motor and sensors. By combining Cubes and Links, the
user is able to build any robot model they want within several minutes. Robot
Factory solved many technical problems to bring this innovative platform,
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The Internet of Things is seen at the next dimension of the internet, and will sustainably influence people’s lives in the coming years. By the year 2020, there will be 20.4 billion connected devices in the world, according to a statistic by the market research institution Ganter. fischertechnik has long recognised this trend and is offering a beginner’s set with the ROBOTICS TXT Smart Home Set (199.95 Euro, available from June), which makes the Internet of Things comprehensible. The “Made in Germany” toy manufacturer is therefore accompanying the road to the digitalised world and providing playful support in gaining programming skills.
With the ROBOTICS TXT Smart Home construction kit, fischertechnik has once again captured the spirit of the times. The base frame of the stationary sensor stations is assembled with established fischertechnik components and equipped with various actuators and sensors: young constructors can capture every movement in a snapshot using a moveable USB camera. A barometer measures the air pressure, a so-called mould-guard provides information about the humidity and temperature. Is there something in the air or is there room to breathe? A wellness sensor provides information on air quality. A noise sensor and frost guard are also part of the comprehensive high-tech station. A LED-display and alarm signals sound an alert when certain values have been exceeded, or if the camera has registered movement.
The respective data can be gathered and displayed in a graph. This can also be done from a larger distance, as the ROBOTICS TXT Controller can be connected to a cloud, allowing the data to be accessed from anywhere, at any time. If the models are connected through Wi-Fi, they can also be remote-controlled. The user interface, a so-called “dashboard”, allows the temperature or air quality at home to be checked while on holiday, for example.
The 150-part set contains a new environment sensor, a brightness sensor, a USB camera, two encoder motors, two switches and LEDs.
The software ROBO Pro, the ROBOTICS TXT Controller and the Accu Set or Power Set are required in order to programme and control the sensor station. This opens up countless opportunities for young constructors to manage and programme digital data.
Background information, further tasks and programming tips can be found in the didactic accompanying material, which can be accessed for free through the fischertechnik eLearning Portal.
With the ROBOTICS TXT Smart Home set, fischertechnik enables a simple introduction to the internet’s next dimension.
Das Internet der Dinge gilt als die nächste Dimension des Internets und wird in den kommenden Jahren das Leben der Menschen nachhaltig beeinflussen. Bis zum Jahr 2020 wird es einer Statistik des Marktforschungsinstituts Gartner zufolge 20,4 Milliarden vernetzte Geräte auf der Welt geben. fischertechnik hat diesen Trend längst erkannt und bietet mit dem ROBOTICS TXT Smart Home Set (209,95 Euro, lieferbar seit Juni) ein Einsteiger-Set an, das die Welt des Internets der Dinge begreifbar macht. Damit begleitet der Spielwarenhersteller „Made in Germany“ den Weg in die digitalisierte Welt und unterstützt spielerisch den Aufbau von Programmierkenntnissen.
Mit dem Baukasten ROBOTICS TXT Smart Home trifft fischertechnik wieder einmal den Nerv der Zeit. Das Grundgerüst der stationären Sensorstation wird aus gängigen fischertechnik Bauteilen zusammengebaut und mit verschiedenen Aktoren und Sensoren ausgestattet: Mit der beweglichen USB-Kamera können junge Konstrukteure jede Bewegung per Snapshot festhalten. Ein Barometer misst den Luftdruck. Auskunft über Luftfeuchtigkeit und Temperatur gibt ein sogenannter Schimmelwächter. Dicke Luft oder Raum zum Atmen? Der Wohlfühlsensor informiert über die Luftqualität. Auch ein Lärmsensor und ein Frostwächter sind Teil der umfangreichen High-Tech-Station. Die LED-Anzeige oder Alarmtöne melden, wenn bestimmte Werte überschritten wurden oder die Kamera Bewegungen registriert hat.
Die jeweiligen Daten können gesammelt und grafisch dargestellt werden. Dies ist auch über eine große Entfernung hinweg möglich. Denn der ROBOTICS TXT Controller kann mit einer Cloud verbunden werden, die den Zugriff auf die Daten möglich macht – jederzeit und von überall her. Sind die Modelle mit einem WLAN-Netz verbunden, können sie ferngesteuert werden. Die Bedienoberfläche, ein sogenanntes „Dashboard“, macht es beispielsweise möglich, Temperatur oder Luftqualität am Heimatort vom Urlaub aus abzurufen.
Das 150-teilige Set enthält einen neuen Umweltsensor, einen Helligkeitssensor, eine USB-Kamera, zwei Encoder Motoren, zwei Taster und LEDs.
Erforderlich zur Programmierung und Steuerung der Sensorstation sind die Software ROBO Pro, der ROBOTICS TXT Controller und das Accu Set oder Power Set. Damit eröffnen sich jungen Konstrukteuren unzählige Möglichkeiten der digitalen Datenverwaltung und -programmierung.
Hintergrundinformationen, weitere Aufgabenstellungen und Programmiertipps sind im didaktischen Begleitmaterial zu finden, das im fischertechnik eLearning Portal kostenlos zur Verfügung steht.
Mit dem Set ROBOTICS TXT Smart Home macht fischertechnik einen einfachen Einstieg in die nächste Dimension des Internets möglich.
Terra introduces cutting-edge navigation technology with Imprint™ Smart Mapping and a unique wireless beacon system, for a more intelligent robot lawn mower
BEDFORD, Mass., Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Having already changed the way people clean with the iconic Roomba® robot vacuum and Braava® family of robot mops, iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), the leader in consumer robots, is reinventing how people care for their lawn with the Terra™ robot mower. Terra™ features state-of-the-art mapping and navigation technologies, high-performance, high-quality mowing, and easy installation. A video and photos of the robot were unveiled on iRobot.com today.
Terra is unique because it learns its environment using iRobot’s Imprint™ Smart Mapping technology. It mows like people do, intelligently navigating a yard cutting efficiently in straight, back-and-forth lines. Terra remembers where it is in the yard and where it still needs to cover. If the robot’s battery runs low, it will return to its base to recharge and then resume mowing until the yard is complete.
Terra will offer consumers a welcome alternative to existing robotic lawn mowers by eliminating the need for costly and labor-intensive boundary wires. Combining Imprint™ Smart Mapping technology and a newly developed wireless communications system, including standalone beacons, users just place the wireless beacons around their yard, drive the robot once around the perimeter, and schedule Terra to mow. Users have total control over where the robot goes and where it doesn’t go, so it will stay on the lawn and out of the flowers.
Because Terra is connected, users can use the iRobot HOME App to customize their robot – from adjusting the height of the grass to controlling precisely when the lawn is cut, day or night. The robot is designed with rugged features to help it operate in inclement weather and navigate tough outdoor terrain.
„iRobot is building an ecosystem of robots and technologies that help people do more both inside and outside of the home,“ said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. „The robot mower segment is well established in EMEA and has tremendous room for growth in other markets, including North America. With its ease of use and premium mowing features, Terra is poised to give consumers a whole new way to think about how they take care of their lawn.“
Availability: The iRobot Terra robot mower will be available for sale in Germany and as a beta program in the U.S. in 2019. Specific availability and pricing will be announced at a later date. Please visit www.irobot.com/robot-lawn-mower for more information.
The international exhibition entitled ‘Robots love Music’ reveals that historical and modern-day robots not only have a brain, but also have a heart!
It’s not just the museum that will be showcasing robots; this autumn, the entire city of Utrecht will go robotic. At various locations around town, Museum Speelklok, universities, venues, and musicians will organise a wide variety of robot events.
Robots with a heart and soul?
They certainly exist! Through time musical ‘robots’ have been evolving from simply mimicking human movements to composing music independently and even improvising, just as we do.
Which musical robots?
They will come in all sizes, shapes and varieties from every corner of the world: ancient robots, interactive robots, metal robots, supersonic robots, life-size robots, cabinets with concealed robots and lots of invisible musicians. All of them will play music ‘live’.
Straight from the USA, the ultramodern and amiable music-making robot Shimon will arrive. The impressive man-size 18th-century Clarinet Player of Dutch making, which wound up in the USA, will make a special trip to Utrecht for the exhibition. From the film of the same name, the French automaton Hugo can be admired in its role as the cinematic link between the world of humans and machines.
Can robotic musicians move you? Find out for yourself at the interactive exhibition Robots love Music. Open from the 21st of September 2018 untill 3th of March 2019.