Robo Wunderkind launches on Kickstarter

San Francisco, September 24, 2015 – Robo Wunderkind is a programmable robotics kit for children of all ages. On Monday, September 21, it was launched on Kickstarter, with early bird pledges starting from just $79. Robo Wunderkind is revolutionizing how coding is taught through robotics. Kids of all ages find it easy and enjoyable to play with!

Robo Wunderkind is a set of blocks for building robots. On the outside, Robo blocks are child friendly and safely encase the sophisticated electronics contained on the inside. These electronic components transform regular blocks into programmable robotic components. By just snapping blocks together, even a five year old can build a robot. The fun doesn`t stop there: kids can playfully program the robot in an intuitive app. Modular, colorful, and LEGOTM compatible, this is the toy that opens up children`s eyes to the world of technology.

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/startrobo/robowunderkindaprogrammablerobotforkidsofa

Rustem Akishbekov, the founder and CEO of Robo Wunderkind, initially came up with the idea of a child-friendly programmable robot while trying to teach his friends the basic of coding and robotics. When he realized how complicated it was for new-to-programming users, he set out to make learning coding and robotics as fun and simple as playing with LEGOTM.

“We want to revolutionize the toys our kids play with, we want them to be more than pieces of plastic,” explains Rustem Akishbekov. “The LEGOTM brick hasn`t changed over 60 years while everything around it has. Now is the time for a smart toy like Robo Wunderkind that will help kids develop the skills they need for the future.”

Robo Wunderkind connects to Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth. Kids can use the app’s visual drag-and-drop interface to program it. This early learning method means that children aren´t hindered if their reading level is still developing. Once children have mastered the basics of coding, they can move on to program their robot with Scratch, a fun programming language for kids developed at MIT.

Robo Wunderkind is unique because children need not have any prior programming experience to get going. Furthermore, the cubes‘ magnet-free and secure connection system makes Robo Wunderkind stand out from the crowd. Robo Wunderkind’s innovative design has been turning heads in Europe, earning robotics award from Futurezone and the German robotics company Festo, as well as multiple startup awards.

Robo Wunderkind comes in three sets. Kickstarter prices started at $79. There is a sliding price scale depending on the cube quantity and complexity. The cubes’ colors relate to their function: red is a proximity sensor, blue is a motor, orange – the main controller, and so on. The most advanced set comes with a digital camera and a weather sensor. With these special functions, your children can give weather forecasts or even surprise you with their first filming endeavors. Robo Wunderkind has been designed so that flat LEGOTM adaptors can be attached, making the blocks compatible with LEGOTM. Children can then personalize the robots they have built with LEGOTM blocks or figures.

Anna Iarotska, COO and Head of Business Development at Robo Technologies says, “Kickstarter is the perfect place to launch Robo Wunderkind, as it hosts a community of people who value innovation, creativity, and fun. We look forward to seeing what the kids out there will build with Robo Wunderkind”.

With their Kickstarter campaign, which will run until October 29, the team is hoping to raise $70,000. The funds they raise will go directly towards producing the very first batch of robots, with shipping scheduled for Summer 2016.

About Robo Technologies, Inc.

Rustem Akishbekov founded Robo Technologies, Inc and brought Anna Iarotska and Yuri Levin on board in 2013. The company is based in Vienna, Austria and San Francisco, California. The founders have gathered together a team of passionate engineers and designers who have been working on the project for two years.

In the summer of 2014, the team was part of the first worldwide hardware accelerator HAX. The progress made there was incorporated into Robo, earning them the „Robot of the Year“ Award from Festo and the Austrian Startup of the Year Award.

Robo Wunderkind startet Kickstarter-Kampagne

San Francisco, 21. September 2015 – Robo Wunderkind, ein programmierbarer Roboter-Baukasten für Kinder aller Altersgruppen, startet heute seine Kampagne auf Kickstarter. Die ersten Unterstützer erhalten ein Starterpaket für nur $79 (ca. €69).

Kindern bietet Robo Wunderkind völlig neue Möglichkeiten, die Grundkenntnisse des Programmierens mit Hilfe von Robotern einfach und spielerisch zu erlernen.

Ein Robo-Wunderkind-Set besteht aus mehreren Würfeln, aus denen sich verschiedene Roboter bauen lassen. Die Außenseite der Würfel ist kinderfreundlich und schützt die elektronischen Komponenten im Inneren, die aus den Bausteinen programmierbare Elemente machen. Die Würfel lassen sich einfach miteinander kombinieren – bereits fünf Jahre alte Kinder können so ihre eigenen Roboter konstruieren. Doch damit nicht genug: Mit einer einfach zu bedienenden App können sie dann den Roboter spielerisch programmieren. Modular, farbenfroh und mit LegoTM-Steinen kombinierbar: Robo Wunderkind ist ein Spielzeug, das Kindern eine neue Tür in die Welt der Technologie öffnet.

Den Link zur Kickstarter-Kampagne finden Sie auf http://kickstarter.startrobo.com.

Rustem Akishbekov, der Gründer und CEO von Robo Wunderkind, hatte die Idee, einen kinderfreundlichen und programmierbaren Roboter zu entwickeln, als er versuchte, seinen Freunden die Grundlagen der Robotik und des Programmierens beizubringen. Dabei realisierte er, wie kompliziert die ersten Schritte für Neueinsteiger sind – und setzte sich zum Ziel, Robotik und Programmieren so einfach, intuitiv und lustig zu machen, als würde man mit LegoTM spielen.

„Wir möchten das Spielzeug, mit dem unsere Kinder spielen, revolutionieren. Wir möchten, dass es mehr ist, als nur Plastik”, sagt Rustem Akishbekov. „LegoTM-Steine haben sich in den vergangenen 60 Jahren nicht verändert. Aber alles darum herum hat sich verändert. Es ist an der Zeit, dass wir unseren Kindern mit Hilfe von smarten Spielsachen wie Robo Wunderkind dabei fördern, die Kenntnisse zu entwickeln, die sie in Zukunft brauchen werden.“

Robo Wunderkind lässt sich mit Android und iOS-Geräten via Bluetooth verbinden. Auch Kinder, die noch nicht lesen können, können ihre Roboter mit einer App mittels Drag-and-drop Interface programmieren. Sobald Kinder ihre ersten Programmier-Schritte erfolgreich gemeistert haben, können sie ihren Roboter auch mit Scratch steuern – einer lustigen Programmiersprache, die am MIT speziell für Kinder entwickelt wurde.

Einzigartig an Robo Wunderkind ist auch, dass Kinder keinerlei Programmier-Kenntnisse haben müssen, um loslegen zu können. Auch zeichnen Robo Wunderkind seine magnetfreien Würfel und sein sicheres Verbindungssystem aus. Das einzigartige Design hat in Europa bereits viel Aufmerksamkeit erhalten, wurde von Futurezone und der deutschen Roboter-Firma Festo ausgezeichnet, und hat mehrere Startup-Preise gewonnen.

Robo Wunderkind wird es in drei Sets geben. Preise auf Kickstarter starten bei $79 (ca. €69). Pakete mit zusätzlichen Würfeln und komplexeren Modulen werden ebenfalls erhältlich sein. Die Farbe der Würfel steht in Bezug zu ihrer Funktion: so beinhalten etwa rote Bauelemente einen Entfernungssensor, blaue einen Motor, und orange den Haupt-Controller. Das größte Set beinhaltet auch eine Digitalkamera und einen Wetter-Sensor.

Mit diesen Spezialfunktionen können Kinder zum Wetter-Forscher werden oder erste eigene Roboter-Filmprojekte starten. Robo Wunderkind wurde so entworfen, dass LegoTM-Steine und -Figuren daran befestigt werden können – so sind der Kreativität keine Grenzen gesetzt!

„Kickstarter ist die perfekte Plattform, um Robo Wunderkind zu starten. So erreichen wir eine Gemeinschaft von Menschen, die Innovation, Kreativität und Spaß wertschätzen“, sagt Anna Iarotska, COO und Leiterin des Bereichs Geschäftsentwicklung von Robo Technologies: „Wir freuen uns schon sehr darauf, zu sehen, was Kinder mit Robo Wunderkind alles bauen werden.“

Das Team hofft, durch seine Kickstarter-Kampagne, die bis 29. Oktober läuft, €62.000 ($70.000) von Unterstützern einzusammeln. Diese Mittel werden direkt in die Produktion der ersten Roboter-Generation investiert, die im kommenden Sommer ausgeliefert werden soll.

Robo Technologies GmbH

Die Robo Technologies GmbH, mit Sitz in Wien und einer Niederlassung in San Francisco, Kalifornien, wurde 2013 von Rustem Akishbekov gegründet; Anna Iarotska und Yuri Levin stießen bald danach dazu. Zusammen mit einem Team von leidenschaftlichen Entwicklern und Designern haben die Gründer in den vergangenen zwei Jahren Robo Wunderkind entwickelt. 2014 nahm das Team am weltweit ersten Hardware-Accelerator HAX teil. Die dort gesammelte Erfahrung verhalf Robo Technologies bereits zu mehreren Auszeichnungen, darunter dem “Roboter des Jahres”-Preis von Festo sowie dem “Austrian Startup of the Year”-Award.

 

HEROES WANTED! XPRIZE IS LAUNCHING A VIDEO CONTEST FOR 8- to 17-YEAR- OLDS TO FORM THE REAL-LIFE „BIG HERO 6“

XPRIZE has joined forces with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Disney Corporate Citizenship for today’s launch of a nationwide video contest designed to find the real-life counterparts to the animated heroes that will soon burst onto the big screen in „BIG HERO 6,“ an action-packed comedy-adventure from Disney opening November 7, 2014.

The DISNEY BIG HERO 6 – XPRIZE CHALLENGE invites young people between the ages of 8 and 17 to harness their creativity and come up with innovative ideas to tackle the world’s biggest challenges using science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics.
The six winners, the real-life „Big Hero 6,“ will travel to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet at the film’s Hollywood premiere in early November, go behind the scenes and meet the creative minds at both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, join a special „Visioneering™“ experience at XPRIZE headquarters, plus other prizes.

Video Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. Twenty (20) finalists will be selected based on the highest scores resulting from preliminary scoring by XPRIZE judges. In mid October, a panel of luminary S.T.E.A.M. expert judges will evaluate the twenty finalists‘ submissions and six (6) winners will be selected through a combination of the expert judges‘ scores and public voting results.

Said Walt Disney Animation Studios President Ed Catmull, „We are thrilled to work with XPRIZE to find real-life young heroes whose desire is to tackle the world’s great challenges. It’s an honor for all of us at Walt Disney Animation Studios to welcome them at our Studio and at the premiere of „Big Hero 6.“

„The young people who win this contest will be real-world heroes, ready and willing to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing our world today,“ said Trish Halamandaris, senior vice president marketing & communications at XPRIZE. „The XPRIZE Foundation is excited to be conducting this competition that challenges young people to be bold, creative and smart, and to dare to think big. We believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere, and one of these kids just might come up with an idea that can truly change the world.“

In addition to the trip to Los Angeles, the six winners will receive reimbursement for one (1) Contestant registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2014-2015 in the US or Canada, and a Special littleBits® NASA Space Kit and cloudBit™ Starter Kit.

The contest is open for submissions from September 17, 2014, to October 12, 2014.

Participating kids will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years of age), and Senior Division (13–17 years of age). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Registration details are available at xprizechallenge.org/bighero6.

The video submissions may involve a short story, sculpture, drawing, model, robot or whatever method best communicates the idea in the most creative way (please see Official Rules for further details, restrictions and limitations). They will be scored on how well they explain the problem, show their solution, and explain what they learned and the impact their idea would have on themselves and the world. The more creative and engaging their presentation is, the better their chance of winning.

Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), littleBits Electronics and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Challenge registration and video submissions start September 17, 2014, and end October 12, 2014. Public Voting will start October 15, 2014 and end October 19, 2014. Open to legal residents of US and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are ages 8 through 17 before September 17, 2014. Parental consent is required. Travel must occur on November 2-6, 2014 (or such other dates designated by Sponsor). For details, restrictions, and limitations and to enter, please visit Official Rules at: xprizechallenge.org/bighero6. Sole Sponsor: XPRIZE.

▶ LEGO NASA Curiosity Rover 21104 TimeLapse – YouTube

▶ LEGO NASA Curiosity Rover 21104 TimeLapse – YouTube.

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Announced

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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2013) – Today The LEGO Group announced LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3, a new platform for consumer robotics designed to introduce a younger generation to the excitement of building and programming robots while adding new flexibility for its devoted following of robotics enthusiasts. Unveiled for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 is the result of three years of product development by an international team of LEGO designers, MINDSTORMS user-enthusiasts and leading technology experts. LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, available in the second half of 2013, will be previewed to members of the global media at Digital Experience! on January 7 and will be demonstrated to CES attendees during the [email protected] Summit, January 8-11, 2013, in the Venetian Hotel.

 

With LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 you can turn your LEGO creations into live robots that follow your every command. The new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set includes everything you need – motors, sensors, programmable brick, 550+ LEGO Technic elements, remote control – to create and command robots of even your wildest imagination, including 5 cool robot characters. Download the 3D building instructions and the app to command your robot via your smart device. Then program your robots to walk, talk, move and do whatever you want them to do to via the intuitive software program, the programmable brick or your smart device.

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And not only do we have this good news, we also have the specifications:

EV3 Intelligent Brick

  • Stronger and faster ARM9 robotic processor
  • Embedded 16MB FLASH memory
  • 64 MB RAM plus SD expansion slot
  • LINUX operating system, released under open source
  • USB 2.0 interface allows for WiFi connectivity
  • 4 input ports: Connect up to 4 sensors at the same time, including your NXT sensors
  • 4 output ports: Now you can power up to 4 motors (Either Large, Medium or NXT)
  • Up to four intelligent bricks to be connected together (That’s 16 sensor and 16 motor ports!)
  • Matrix display with loudspeaker
  • Button interface with status indication
  • Enhanced on-brick programming
  • Bluetooth ® v2.1
  • iOS and Android compatible

Hardware

  • 3 Interactive Servo Motors: 2 large and 1 medium
  • 1 Touch Sensor
  • New IR Seeker Sensor measures distance, movements and detects objects, and acts as a receiver for the remote control
  • New IR Beacon remotely controls robot from up to 2 meters (6 feet) away
  • Improved Color Sensor detects 6 colors as well as the brightness of light sources
  • Backwards-compatible with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: Connect your NXT Sensors and motors to the new EV3 brick.
  • Assortment of 594 LEGO TECHNIC® elements for easy, more stable building with improved functionality and movement capabilities

Programming Software

  • Downloadable software is PC and Mac compatible
  • Icon-based drag and drop environment for “building” programs with new interactive content that helps de-bug programming

 

 

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Die NXTe Ebene: Die Roberta Jubiläums-Box

Die NXTe Ebene: Die Roberta Jubiläums-Box.

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Rebrick

ReBrick

is online. Please join this fascinating new Lego Community and share your Lego Mindstorms projects!

LegoWorld Videos from botbench.com

Xander Soldaat from botbench.com has taken some videos. The corresponding blog entries can be found here: http://botbench.com/blog/category/ramblings/

LEGOWorld – Day 0 – Tue 18 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 1 – Wed 19 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 3 – Fri 21 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 4 – Sat 22 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 5 – Sun 23 October 2011

Videos from Legoworld Zwolle 2011

Lego Mindstorms NXT Brickbot at Legoworld 2011 Zwolle
(remote controlled via Bluetooth Android mobile phone)

A flying NXT!

A Lego Mindstorms NXT Vending Machine

Legal Download of NXT-G for free!

Here is what Damien Kee wrote on [email protected]:

Great news if you have lost your installation CD or you are looking to
install NXT-G on more computers.

LEGO has just released the NXT-G 2.0 software for download for free.

A few caveats though. This is the retail version of the software so
you won’t have any of the nice graphical datalogging capabilities and
there is no ‚Robot Educator‘ so you don’t have access to all the great
tutorials. The temperature sensor blocks aren’t included but the
colour sensor blocks are. You can always download a temperature block
from Steve Hassenplug’s website
(http://www.teamhassenplug.org/NXT/NXTGAdditions.html)

But if all you are doing is standard programming, this will be fine.
I know of one teacher who is happy that they can now load a version of
the software onto their student laptops to take home (previous site
licences were a little murky on take home laptops).

The download is here as well as instructions on how to install it.
http://service.lego.com/en-us/HelpTopics/default.aspx?questionID=2655

Whilst I haven’t tried it myself, I have heard of others being successful.

Regards
Damien Kee