To give life to small brick robots
2/17/18 at 1:05 pm
After a visibly successful test in Asia, Sony is preparing to launch Koov into new markets. This block-based creative kit introduces children to programming.
In the age of connected dolls and remote-controlled robots, and as electronics continue to modernize the world of toys, some manufacturers intend to ride this wave by offering interesting educational concepts around programming. A recent study showed that developers born in the 70s and 80s paradoxically started to take an interest in computer code much earlier than programmers born in the 90s and 2000s. The most visible are none other than Boost, the range of Lego dedicated to education, or the "Edu" versions of Sphero toys. It is also on this niche that chose to position itself Sony with Koov, a kit more than 300 pieces to manufacture and animate small robots. A "toy" devised by the division Sony Global Education and already launched in limited quantities in Japan and China last year, despite the failure of the campaign launched last June on Indiegogo, which still had 98% of the $ 100,000 targeted.
120 animated models for $ 520
Koov is aimed at children aged 8 and over and provides the equivalent of about thirty hours of science and technology courses related to robotics and programming. A learning that is done through Scratch, the companion application that runs on Windows, macOS and iOS and offers an introductory gateway to the computer code, to control the robots created with the blocks provided. 120 combinations would be possible, knowing that among these blocks, some are equipped with sensors and others of various activators and varied, while the Koov Core is a microcontroller based on open-source platform Arduino.
That's what is found in a starter-kit Sony Koov.
The kit Sony Koov is expected to officially release in the United States in March, and could make its way to Europe in the process. Its price of $ 519.99, however, should cool more than one. Especially since this release will occur only a few weeks before the breaking Nintendo Labo hits. Indeed, it is April 27 that will come out kits for Nintendo Switch who will try, too, to combine high-tech and toys. But this time, no brick will be on the agenda, Nintendo Labo based on cardboard models to create oneself.
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