Robo Wunderkind wants to build the Lego Mindstorms for everyone

Lego Mindstorms have paved the way for many programmable toys. And Austrian startup Robo Wunderkind is building a new various kinds of Lego-like programmable kit. The startup first launched on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage and simply created $1.2 million( EUR1 million) from SOSV, Austrian Federal Promotional Bank and multiple business angels.

Compared to many programmable toys out there, Robo Wunderkind is still a Lego-like build kit. This is key as too many playthings forget that it’s fun to build something with a few bricks.

Robo Wunderkind also has special blocks to become your dumb robot into a connected one. In addition to the usual sensors, such as proximity sensors, motion detectors and light sensors, the company also has some more sophisticated ones. You can throw a tiny camera in your construction, use an IR blaster and receiver and program a tiny LED screen.

But the best part is that Robo Wunderkind also sells Lego adapters so that you can put together a sophisticated robot that uses both Lego bricks and Robo Wunderkind modules.

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The company has two different apps in the store. The first one called Robo Live lets you control your robot in real time. The other one Robo Code has a brand new user interface and now sees the blocks you’re currently using.

Robo Code is where Robo Wunderkind glistens because you can put together simple algorithm by arranging virtual blocks in the iPad app. It’s a good way to introduce a kid to conditional the declarations and loops.

You won’t build a robot as sophisticated as a robot constructed applying Lego Mindstorms. But Robo Wunderkind seems most accessible and good way to try robotics before switching to Arduino and Raspberry Pi when your child grows up.

The company successfully elevated a little less than $250,000 on Kickstarter back in 2015. You can now buy a starter kit for $250. Advanced and professional kits will likewise be available soon.


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