If you’re a regular reader of n3rdabl3, you’ll know that I’m ad advocate for coding to be taught at a young age, our future generations should be able to have some understanding of how today’s tech works, and teaching them how they’re designed and how they work on a coding level is definitely the way forward. But there’s one problem. Staring at lines of code isn’t the most exciting thing to do. Fortunately, there’s a new Kickstarter campaign which hopes to make coding fun by combining it with a programmable robot and paper craft!
Kamibot hopes to reinvent programming education by making it not only informative, but pretty fun too. Not only that, they hope to make it affordable to make programming education more accessible to both parents and teachers. However, this can only be achieved if the Kickstarter campaign for Kamibot succeeds!
So what is Kamibot?
In a nutshell, it’s a small robot built around the open-source Arduino platform and the coding language Scratch, which allows snippets of code to be dragged and dropped, making programming a much simpler step to an exciting end result. The programming can also be done via mobile or a desktop application making it pretty accessible to everyone.
In terms of the Kamibot itself, it’s a small circular robot with a number of sensors on board to stop it from crashing into things as well as to follow lines. A cable is of course also included so the coding can be transferred over to the robot. Also included is a tank skin – probably the most impressive part of the robot.
Kami in Japanese means Paper, hence the name Kamibot. It’s called this because the robot is just one part of a much bigger picture – a huge number of papercraft skins which can be put together to turn the Kamibot into something more than a Roomba-like robot. Whether it’s a tank, a monster, or a spooky character, kids’ imaginations can run wild as they program their little Kamibot to do whatever they want and look however they want.
A series of different paper craft skins will be available to download on the Kamibot website which parents can print off and have their child not only build the skin together, but then program their Kamibot to act a certain way.
The Kamibot, if the campaign is successful, is expected to launch this May, and you can currently grab your own Kamibot for just $89, $10 cheaper than the RRP for the robot.
You can find out more information as well as pledge to the campaign over on the Kamibot Kickstarter page.