With the ever increasing scope in the arena of computer technology, there rises a need to teach the next generation the basics of coding. Parents and schools might face problems in the procedure. So, now there is a robo-friend named Codie which might help the young minds learn how to code.
Codie is basically a wheeled programmable robot controlled via an app, which aims at the children of age group 8 to 12, founded in February 2013. Currently, it is raising funds on Indiegogo. The price starts at $150. The campaign started on March 31 and will come to a close on May15, 2015.
However, it has already been financed with an investment of $125,000 from Hungarian investors, iCatapult , back in February 2014, and a further investment of $10,000 from an angel investor.
Codie robotic toy has seven in-built sensors including a microphone, temperature sensor, digital compass, ultrasound distance measurement sensor, light sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope. It also has reflected light sensors for line following and wheel encoders to measure the distance. It consists of a rechargeable 1,800mAh battery that allows upto 4 hours playtime and Bluetooth 4.0 is provided for connectivity. Its functions can be configured via the companion apps for iOS and Android.
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Codie robotic toy uses a visual programming language that allows the kids to drag and drop various concepts and commands devised to teach the basics of coding without diving into the confusing semantics. The main motive behind Codie is that it should be intuitive and should enliven learning in the best way possible and should be able to follow kid’s imagination, thinking and actions.
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The robo seems to be interesting but at the same time, there are a plenty of such robos already under production. However, Codie’s makers believe that their creation can still stand out in the crowd, kudos to the effort they have put into the proprietary visual programming language which is unique in its own style. It does require any sort of compiling time, so kids can experience real-time action with lots of fun. The touchscreen software also has a deep focus on gestures and signs which help the kids to feel engaged with the ongoing visual coding process.
The Hungarian team behind Codie robotic toy explained on its startup page that they have tried to integrate a number of coding elements into the companion app with Codie. However, conditional statements (like if-then-else) and programming loops are already having a place in the app.
The team said that if someone wants to be a programmer, they can learn a specific programming language and they have to learn only the syntax of the programming language not the pattern.
The team is also planning to create a cloud community where Codie users can interact and share their programs to expand the horizons of the learning environment.
The team is still far from its crowdfunding goal, which is being done in order to fund manufacturing and software development costs. If it does hit the target, we may have Codie robotic toy in shops by this November.
We hope that this project makes a good go and may our forthcoming generations learn from it the basics of programming making the future of computer technology even more enrapturing and enhancing.
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