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Robo Wunderkind launches on Kickstarter

Robo Wunderkind is a programmable kit for children of all ages which aims to transform how coding is taught through robotics

Posted by Hannah Oakman | October 05, 2015 | Technology

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. Modular and LEGOTM compatible, it’s hoped the toy will open up children’s eyes to the world of technology.

Rustem Akishbekov, 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 basics of coding and robotics. When he realised how complicated it was for new-to-programming users, he set out to make learning coding and robotics as fun and simple as possible.

“We want to revolutionise the toys our kids play with, we want them to be more than pieces of plastic,” explains Rustem. 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 programme 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.

Anna Iarotska, COO and Head of Business Development at Robo Technologies added: “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”.

The team hopes to raise $70,00 with their Kickstarter campaign, which will run until 29 October 2015. The funds they raise will go directly towards producing the very first batch of robots, with shipping scheduled for Summer 2016.

The Robo Wunderkind Kickstarter website can be found HERE

You can also follow the campaign on Twitter via @start_robo

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