A company based in Seoul, South Korea have recently launched a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter, and it’s already off to a flying start. Kamibot, a small robot with a papercraft chassis, is designed to teach children the basics of coding. Kamibot is fully customisable, furnished with a variety of different skins ranging from automatons to Frankenstein to fully-fledged warrior mechs. Kids can also make the bot their own by writing their own code.
“Coding is an important skill for kids to learn” says the official Kickstarter Page, “but unless parents and educators can make it fun, kids are never going to stick with it.”
Blending the Japanese word for ‘paper’ with robotics, Kamibot is designed around Arduino, an open-source coding platform that will enable anyone to get to grips with coding using the simple drag-and-drop programming language, Scratch. The bot will also be compatible with smartphones and tablets, allowing children to control the papercraft droid as a versatile toy, not just an educational tool.
The pint-sized tutor was revealed across Korea in 2015, and has garnered praise from a variety of Korean schools. The bot will be shipped with its own charging USB and a die-cut skin of a tank, with more skins downloadable from Kamibot’s official site. Buyers of single Kamibots will also receive a Line Tracing Mat for the robot to race around on, whilst twin Kamibots will be shipped with a similar, programmable Treasure Hunt Mat.
With 22 days still to go, the bot has raised $19,561 – over a third of its $50,000 goal. With the campaign closing on March 17 2016, Kamibot could well be making it to many aspiring coders’ mailboxes this June.