|By Business Wire||
|April 10, 2014 07:15 AM EDT||
The Toy Industry Association recently listed “custom built” as a top toy trend for 2014, saying that building will advance to a whole new level with “playthings that allow kids to create, customize and personalize to reflect their unique tastes, styles and imaginations.” Illustrating this trend is TinkerBots, a new building set launching today that enables boys and girls as young as five—and adults, too—to easily create an endless number of different toy robots that they can teach and bring to life without requiring wiring or programming. TinkerBots’ patented “Power Brain” and kinetic modules easily twist and snap together with other TinkerBots pieces—and even LEGO bricks—to add movement and interest to whatever sort of robot the child can imagine and build.
TinkerBots is a robot building set that enables children as young as five--and adults, too--to easily build whatever kind of robot they can imagine, like this dog. All it takes is snapping together the TinkerBots red Power Brain module and other pieces to create a robot. No wiring or programming. Just a lot of fun and learning. (Photo: Business Wire)
Today, TinkerBots is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tinkerbots to offer parents (and robot enthusiasts) the opportunity to get one of the first TinkerBots robot building sets and to support the production of a toy that introduces robotics and STEM concepts to children in the form of good fun and play, and which the entire family will enjoy, too.
“The inspiration for TinkerBots grew out of my lifelong fascination with LEGO toys. Tasked with building a ‘Dream Machine’ for my master’s thesis in product design, I thought it would be cool to create a construction kit that is as simple to use as LEGOs but has the ability to easily add robotics and make toys that move and do things. It was music to my ears when a child described TinkerBots as being like ‘living LEGOs.’ With our TinkerBots building set, you’re not getting just one robot, you’re getting the ability to build any type of toy robot that you and your children can imagine,” said inventor Leonhard Oschutz, creative director and co-founder of Kinematics GmbH, the Berlin-based company that is bringing TinkerBots to market.
While TinkerBots was in development, it received a great deal of interest and recognition in European technology, design and education circles. Most recently at CeBIT, the world's largest international computer expo, TinkerBots won the “CeBIT Innovation Award 2014.” The judges noted that even though Kinematics’ vision for TinkerBots is to introduce children to robotics though play, the “kit is bound to catch on with slightly older enthusiasts, too!”
The centerpiece of the TinkerBots building set is a square, red “Power Brain” module (approximately 1.5”x1.5”x1.5”) that contains an Arduino-compatible microcontroller and provides wireless power and data transmission to kinetic modules such as a motor, a twister, a pivot and a grabber. Children can build anything they can imagine, such as a dog that walks, a snake that slithers, a bug that crawls or a tractor that digs. Small building blocks and other shapes such as rectangles and pyramids without electronics inside them are passive pieces that can be used to customize TinkerBots toy robots. TinkerBots is also compatible with LEGO bricks, which can be used to add even more detail to TinkerBots creations.
Controlling TinkerBots robots is as easy as it is to build them. An integrated record-and-play function on the “Power Brain” module enables children to teach their robots what to do and bring them to life. Children only need to take their creation in their hands, press the record button and move their robot in the way they want it to move. When they put it down and push the play button, the toy robot will repeat over and over exactly what it just learned. The next time, the child can teach it something completely new, or start all over to build an entirely different robot using the same TinkerBots pieces. TinkerBots robots can also be remote controlled with a tablet or smartphone using the TinkerBots app.
The basic TinkerBots building set comes with three active modules: the “Power Brain,” motor and pivot modules. Passive pieces include two cubes and two adapter plates for LEGO bricks. A USB charger is also included. For more advanced robots, there will be other available parts such as an infrared distance sensor. TinkerBots’ use of the Arduino-compatible micro-controller platform enables older enthusiasts to dabble in programming (“C”) for their TinkerBots creations.
Pricing and Availability
Preorders for TinkerBots are now being accepted on international crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tinkerbots) and are expected to ship in fourth quarter 2014. General availability is expected in second quarter 2015 with retail pricing beginning at $159 USD.
About Kinematics GmbH
Kinematics GmbH is a technology and toy company based in Brandenburg, Germany, near Berlin, which develops toys that introduce children to robotics and technology and engage them in hours of active learning and fun. The company’s first toy, TinkerBots, is a building set with easy-to-add robotics that make it possible for young children and the entire family to create an endless number of toy robots. Kinematics was founded in 2011 by Leonhard Oschütz, Christian Guder and Dr. Matthias Buerger. For more information, visit http://www.tinkerbots.net
* Top Toy Trends of 2014 Announced by Toy Industry Association (TIA), the Official Voice of Toy Fair (February 17, 2014)
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
Mar. 28, 2017 09:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,700
"My role is working with customers, helping them go through this digital transformation. I spend a lot of time talking to banks, big industries, manufacturers working through how they are integrating and transforming their IT platforms and moving them forward," explained William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Mar. 28, 2017 09:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,797
With the introduction of IoT and Smart Living in every aspect of our lives, one question has become relevant: What are the security implications? To answer this, first we have to look and explore the security models of the technologies that IoT is founded upon. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nevi Kaja, a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company, will discuss some of the security challenges of the IoT infrastructure and relate how these aspects impact Smart Living. The material will be delivered i...
Mar. 28, 2017 09:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,203
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ocean9will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Ocean9 provides cloud services for Backup, Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and instant Innovation, and redefines enterprise infrastructure with its cloud native subscription offerings for mission critical SAP workloads.
Mar. 28, 2017 08:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,314
Your homes and cars can be automated and self-serviced. Why can't your storage? From simply asking questions to analyze and troubleshoot your infrastructure, to provisioning storage with snapshots, recovery and replication, your wildest sci-fi dream has come true. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, will provide a ChatOps demo where you can talk to your storage and manage it from anywhere, through Slack and similar services ...
Mar. 28, 2017 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 4,461
Imagine having the ability to leverage all of your current technology and to be able to compose it into one resource pool. Now imagine, as your business grows, not having to deploy a complete new appliance to scale your infrastructure. Also imagine a true multi-cloud capability that allows live migration without any modification between cloud environments regardless of whether that cloud is your private cloud or your public AWS, Azure or Google instance. Now think of a world that is not locked i...
Mar. 28, 2017 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 415
SYS-CON Events announced today that Auditwerx will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Auditwerx specializes in SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 attestation services throughout the U.S. and Canada. As a division of Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI), one of the top 20 largest CPA firms nationally, you can expect the resources, skills, and experience of a much larger firm combined with the accessibility and atten...
Mar. 28, 2017 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 377
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), will provide an overview of various initiatives to certifiy the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldw...
Mar. 28, 2017 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 835
MongoDB Atlas leverages VPC peering for AWS, a service that allows multiple VPC networks to interact. This includes VPCs that belong to other AWS account holders. By performing cross account VPC peering, users ensure networks that host and communicate their data are secure. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jay Gordon, a Developer Advocate at MongoDB, will explain how to properly architect your VPC using existing AWS tools and then peer with your MongoDB Atlas cluster. He'll discuss the secur...
Mar. 28, 2017 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 440
SYS-CON Events announced today that Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Linux Academy was founded on the belief that providing high-quality, in-depth training should be available at an affordable price. Industry leaders in quality training, provided services, and student certification passes, its goal is to c...
Mar. 28, 2017 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 4,128
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore t...
Mar. 28, 2017 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 3,093
In his session at Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, an entertainment executive/TV producer turned serial entrepreneur, will present a success story of an entrepreneur who has both suffered through and benefited from offshore development across multiple businesses: The smart choice, or how to select the right offshore development partner Warning signs, or how to minimize chances of making the wrong choice Collaboration, or how to establish the most effective work processes Budget control, or how to m...
Mar. 28, 2017 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 385
Deep learning has been very successful in social sciences and specially areas where there is a lot of data. Trading is another field that can be viewed as social science with a lot of data. With the advent of Deep Learning and Big Data technologies for efficient computation, we are finally able to use the same methods in investment management as we would in face recognition or in making chat-bots. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Gaurav Chakravorty, co-founder and Head of Strategy Development ...
Mar. 28, 2017 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 3,778
"delaPlex is a software development company. We do team-based outsourcing development," explained Mark Rivers, COO and Co-founder of delaPlex Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Mar. 28, 2017 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 9,644
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
Mar. 28, 2017 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,105