Construction of what designers and game with robots can be a wonderful and unforgettable lifelong fun for children of all ages, but to force the robot to execute your instructions, creating whole lines and pages of code can be a bit, well, in general, sad, is not it ? Wigl takes a slightly different approach. Rather than execute commands, which he served using a smartphone or computer, young programmers just have to select the tool and take the right note. Small musical robot then responds with the appropriate movements, lights lights or special dance begins.
Electrical engineer Vivek Mano built the first prototype Wigl back in July 2013 and then began to check the operation of its new items at a school in Portland, Oregon. “I want to effectively change the way children approach the process of schooling,” said Mano in an interview with one of the publications. “Watch how the child’s eyes light up when he realizes that the actions of the robot have been caused by his own – a priceless experience. I think it will bring up a new generation of tech-savvy kids, which will be followed by outstanding experts in their fields. “
Sounds that are able to simulate Wigl quite diverse – a violin, and drums, and guitar, and flute, in general, how many instruments (except, perhaps, exotic African), so many options sound. In the “programming” the robot is in a real situation and take give him commands.
Basically, of course, at first it sounds the team with which kids can make him start the engine, begin to move forward, in part, to overcome obstacles. Children learn the basics of programming and solving problems ordering this funny robot to move at a special rate for a given purpose. They can even be controlled by music, but as soon as he heard a false note, then stood still, rooted to the spot.
After 18 months of practical research with the help of children in schools, museums and exhibitions, Mano published its draft on the portal for Crowdfunding Indiegogo in November last year. Unfortunately, the project did not reach the goal of 10,000 US dollars, but did not have quite a bit. The designer does not despair, as befits the people of this mentality, so that development in this direction continues.
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