Today’s electronic personal assistants come in all shapes and sizes. There’s Alexa, for example, which looks like a futuristic hockey puck. Google Home is a bit odd; it has a round base and an aesthetic slant at the top. New to the club is PLEN Cube, a surprisingly adorable and portable
This plucky little robot arm draws with pen on paper whatever you draw on screen. Line-us, now on Kickstarter, is essentially a USB-powered tabletop drawing machine that connects to your iOS or Android device and draws anything you do in real time. If someone you know has the Line-us app, you
bots_alive wants to turn mindless remote-control toys in semi-sentient creatures. The Kickstarter project, led by MIT Media Lab researcher Brad Knox, transforms the remote-control Hexbug Spider into an intelligent and autonomous creature. With a bit of computer vision and artificial intelligence, the robotic beings can sense, avoid and follow obstacles.
The essentials of preschool have been fairly simple for many years. Reading a picture book here and writing your name there. A new robotics startup from Denmark wants to add coding to that list of essential skills with its little robot, KUBO. KUBO is an educational robot for preschool children, listed
Zee Dubrovsky is on a mission to make robots that teach people how to code. It’s not an easy task, though, especially when fitting in all ages between four and ninety-nine. Dubrovsky and his team have over fifty years of collective experience in consumer products and educational services, stemming from
It won’t trek across Martian soil or run on solar power, but Plum Geek’s new Spirit Rover kit looks just like the real deal. The small robotics kit is modeled after NASA’s Mars rover, Spirit, but comes at a fraction of the size (and cost). Perfect for exploring planetary tabletops,
Chances are you’ve got a wearable or an app to remind you of your daily tasks. And chances are, they don’t work very well. App reminders are often ignored and wearables lay idle after their novelty wears off. How about a robot? They’re cute, emotive, and proven to be excellent
Jibo, the “world’s first social robot for the home,” pitched to backers on Indiegogo and raised over $3 million. Coupled with shipping delays and development hiccups, the talking tabletop robot will only be delivered to backers in the United States and Canada. In an email update sent to international backers,