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SERIAL ENTREPRENEURS TURN TO LEADING CROWDFUNDING SITE KICKSTARTER TO LAUNCH PONGBOT, THE NEW WAY TO PLAY “BEER PONG”
Pongbot’s Moving and Spinning Targets Add Some Excitement To This Traditional Drinking Game
NEW YORK (Aug. 10, 2016) – The game of beer pong is getting a makeover, as Consumer Goods Veterans and Entrepreneurs Alan Dorfman and Jayson Esterow have teamed up to bring you Pongbot, a new challenging twist on everyone’s favorite drinking game, and it is now available on Kickstarter (add hyperlink). Pongbot is a robotic cup holder that creates a moving target as one attempts to toss a ping pong ball into the cup. This makes beer pong more fun, creative and challenging than the standard of simply throwing balls into a stationary cup that was supposedly, as is rumored, originally introduced at Dartmouth College roughly 60 years ago.
“Everyone loves beer pong. It is the go-to game at parties, pre-game events, tailgates and BBQs,” said Dorfman, who is also the founder and president of well-regarded toy manufacturer Super Impulse. “Jayson and I wanted to raise the bar on the beer pong challenge to make it more fun and exciting for players. Once we had the concept, we knew we had the experience and know-how to have it engineered, manufactured and brought to market. We’re really excited to bring a great new twist to [arguably] everyone’s favorite party game.”
Pongbot re-defines the game with moving targets. Players can shoot at a single cup or add a five-cup rack. Pongbot features edge-sensing technology to keep the bot from falling over the edge of the table and has two modes for play; in Auto-mode, the Pongbot will move and spin randomly in any direction at any time so that the shooter never knows where it is going, and in Manual mode, the opponent controls the motion with a tank-style handheld remote control.
“The Pongbot, in either mode, will shoot at stationary cups, as well as cups that dart, spin and move constantly. Whether you are playing against your friend or the bot, the challenge and fun is so much more than the traditional game. It takes real skill to master!” said Esterow. “While the basic premise of tossing ping pong balls into a cup remains the same, Pongbot adds much more dimension to an incredibly popular game. We think everyone who plays the game will LOVE this new challenge.”
Ideal for tailgating, college or fraternity parties, a backyard barbecue or really any type of social gathering, Pongbot is now available on Kickstarter for a special kick-off price of $39.99 and is suited for all drinking-age consumers.
Wonder Workshop makes learning to code meaningful and fun for children. Dash & Dot, a pair of robots, combine play and learning for children ages 5 and up. For more information, visit our website at http://makewonder.com.
Dash is an explorer.
• Drives around.
• Senses objects in front and behind.
• Hears and responds to sounds.
• Comes to life with sound, lights, and head motion.
Dot is an instigator.
• Responds to how it is moved.
• Sends a signal for Dash to see where it is.
• Hears and responds to sounds.
• Transforms with sounds, lights, and imagination.
Dash & Dot connect wirelessly over Bluetooth and come with four iPad and Android experiences:
Go gets you started and exploring the world of Dash & Dot in no time. Simply connect with Bluetooth and get off and running. This app is a portal for online ideas and content.
Path takes Dash on adventures as kids draw a path for Dash to take. Unlock themes and special animations. This app teaches basic sequencing and event- based programming.
Blockly is a visual programming tool that lets kids control Dash & Dot, making them move and interact with each other. This app teaches sequencing, events, conditionals, and loops.
Xylo is a music app that uses the xylophone accessory. Compose songs and program Dash to move around while playing music. This app teaches sequencing and loops.
Accessories for Dash & Dot help give them additional looks and abilities. They include a xylophone, a pusher bar, a smartphone mount (to take videos with any smartphone), bunny ears, and a tow hook.
Dash is $199. The Wonder Pack, including all robots and accessories, is $349. They are available for purchase at the Wonder Workshop website here: http://makewonder.com.