As technological skills become increasingly important in today’s society and a vital skill many employers look for, there has been an emphasis placed on teaching young children the basics of systems such as coding. Today’s adults were not taught this kind of skill in school, so it is something that the minority understand and have experience with. For future generations, it will be a near universal language.

A Korean company named 3.14 have launched a Kickstarter campaign this year for a product that provides an accessible way to teach children how to code. This small robot is known as the Kamibot. The Kamibot is designed with an open-source programming interface. It is fitted with sensors so that it can move around without crashing into anything, and LED lights to make it bright and attractive. The Kamibot can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet, via Bluetooth, or by plugging it in using a micro-USB.

It’s not all about technology, though. The word “Kami” is actually Japanese for “paper”, making the Kamibot a paper robot. The creators of this new product, 3.14 have dubbed it “interactive papercraft”. This is because the robot can be covered with a paper skin, attached using magnets, that can be changed at any time. There are a number of different customisable skins available, including Count Dracula, an army tank and Frankenstein’s Monster. There are a number of different characters and avatars to turn the Kamibot into to make it more fun and engaging for children. The templates for the different paper skins are available online to be downloaded and printed off, then the children can colour them in however they like.

The Kamibot is designed to make learning coding and programming more fun for children, so they’re more likely to stick with it and develop this useful skill. You can find out more about the Kamibot in Indiegogo.

Source: Forbes/Indiegogo