September 2015 has been a fantastic month for crowdfunded children's robots and also for physical toys that use tech in creative ways.
We've already covered some Kickstarter projects in more detail this month. Check out:
- CannyBots: Programmable Buildable Robot Toys,
- Robowunderkind Modular Robotics for Kids and
- the USB Rechargeable Crafty Robot.
And don't forget to check out last month's Tech for Kids Crowdfunding Roundup, some projects may still be available to back.
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GazintuGazintu is a device that 'goes in to' (get it?) a physical toy and can then be used to trigger interactions with an app.
The Gazintu is a small box which contains sensors that are used to recognise gestures that a child makes with a toy. I think we can all imagine that!
The app can then be used to activate on-screen behaviours when a gesture is recognised.
The idea of having the Gazintu as a box that can be used with lots of different toys is brilliant. Just having a small range of toys with the behaviour would be much more limiting.
My kids love their physical toys and their tablets. I can really see them getting a lot of pleasure from bringing the two together.
GoBox: The robot kit with a new mission delivered monthly.Note: This project ends on Oct 11th so get it quick if you want to back it.
GoBox is a monthly subscription that delivers new robot projects to families. It's based around the Raspberry Pi based GoPiGo robot (there are options that include the GoPiGo2 robot and as well as subscriptions for those who already have the robot.)
This looks like a great idea for helping kids get started with robotics.
The GoPiGo is based on Scratch to make it accessible to kids.
The monthly kit will include a new sensor (we love sensors!) plus a mission for kids to complete.
MineserverMineserver is a useful gadget that solves a common problem in modern households. It's a mini computer that runs a dedicated Minecraft server for multiplayer access.
Kids often want to play on the same server as a group of friends. Parents want to control who their kids play with. Hosting your own server addresses these issues but can be costly and/or tricky to set up.
Just buying a box that you can put on the network will be a good option for many families. You also get a custom subdomain of mineserver.com so there's no need to worry about IP addresses.
Mineserver has been created by three young brothers with help from family and friends. (Their father is Bob Cringeley.)
More Kids Tech Kickstarter Projects
- Nibble: Nibble is a mini-arduino computer kit with an OLED screen that can used as a games console or for lots of other purposes. Not specifically for kids, but a good kit for teens.
- Turtle Mail: A cute wooden mailbox with a mini printer inside. Turtle Mail is wifi-connected and family and friends can send messages from a mobile device or PC.
- Infento Constructable Ride Ons: Cool kids ride-on system that can be reconfigured as kids grow.
- Quickdraw Reversible USB charging cable: Kids struggle with getting USB cables the right way round and this clever cable also has a charging indicator LED.
- The Wonderful World of Creatures & Code: A colourful picture book that introduces HTML tags to little kids.
- Marbelocity: Wooden marble kit that teach physics and engineering concepts.