The Codeybot dances, plays music, changes colors and even shoots laser beams — all to entice little tykes to start programming.
The coding toy from Shenzhen-based startup Makeblock is just the latest on the edutainment bandwagon taking things up a techie notch. It joins a talking, projectile-firing robot, a remote-controlled origami robot, code-teaching drones, and even a crawly "Code-a-Pillar" in a trend of code-teaching toys that seems to have become all the rage in the past few months alone.
The toy looks like a self-balancing white cheese triangle on wheels that moves with a remote control app. It's equipped with an LED screen to display messages and funny faces from your smartphone, and it can repeat what you say back in a cartoony voice.
It's the mBlocky app that aims to teach some principles of coding. The app lets users drag and drop graphical blocks on an iPad to program Codeybot. This is intended to help people feel how coding works.
It's based on Google's Blockly library for building visual programming editors, and is touted to form the basis for kids to learn other programming languages, and importantly, creative problem solving.
IMAGE: MAKEBLOCKThe mBlocky environment.