Based in Austin, the “bots_alive” is headed by Dr Bradley Knox who has researched artificial intelligence and human-robot interaction at the MIT media lab and UT Austin. bots_alive is being supported by a National Science Foundation SBIR Grant. Its aim is to create robots which resemble an animal and it does so by using a Hexbug Spider and its bots_alive kit.
How does it work?
The motive is to make the bots appear alive than any other machine. The creatures are controlled by using a unique character Artificial Intelligence. The world as the robot would see would be shown in your smartphone i.e. the augmented reality. The phone’s camera will perceive the bots and the nearby vision blocks. bots_alive converts the Hexbug spiders into smart, lively and independent creatures.
- They are autonomous as they make their own decisions.
- The 2 bots play provides one kit for two robots.
- It continuously learns and develops itself using the artificial intelligence.
- The kit includes Vision Blocks and Markers to help you build obstacle courses.
- IR Blaster gives your phone the control over Hexbug Spiders
- Companion App which acts as a guide for playing with your robot.
- It’s supported by both iOS and Android.
Why should you buy it?
This product has been built for kids of age 6 and more. It acts a decent way to inspire children to embrace technology. These bots are smart and playful creatures as they tend to make mistakes and learn. They are very easy to set up and provide the children unpredictability and a challenging environment while building mazes, obstacle courses or towers. These bots also promote group play. “Could be the most fulfilling $35 you’ve ever spent on a robot,” said Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum.
The product is available on the official site of Kickstarter. The price of bots_alice is just 35$. It will probably be shipped later this year. Grab it now to avail the special discount.
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