DFRobot is all about STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), and its new Antbo DIY robot is designed to teach children and teenagers the basic principles of robotics.
Antbo, which launched on Indiegogo looking to raise $50,000 for product development, has 30 neurons for self-learning and “bionic” capabilities to analyze and understand its surroundings. Antbo becomes smarter, more fluid, and more in-tune with users’ preferences with each interaction.
Antbo can even develop an emotional connection with users through the use of lighting and voice control. For example, Antbo will tremble when it feels threatened, turn its head when being analytical or show affection when loved.
“We want to encourage today’s youth to create and design by actually producing something they can use, teach and then learn from,” said Ricky Ye, CEO, DFRobot. “We believe that Antbo’s collaborative features and unique DIY approach will provide kids with the perfect tools to help them gain a better understanding of robotics, machinery and programming from an early age.”
Antbo is pretty advanced for a DIY robot. But DFRobot says Antbo is easy to assemble, and DIYers can use three programming languages – WhenDo, Arduino IDE, Scratch – to upgrade Antbo’s movements. There’s a mobile app for enhanced play, and users can also further customize Antbo by 3D printing new removable shells.
Backers can pre-order the Antbo for $69, and shipping should start this fall. There’s also an early-bird kit for $59, but there’s only 100 available.