Most people who are into tech or simply like it loves Robots. Now imagine having your own Robot and learning how to code from it… Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? We are not talking Transformers here, it is very real. Thanks to Dash and Dot. These Robots are especially designed to teach coding through various interactive game-like activities. Although anyone can learn from them, but these bots would love to play with your little ones.
Not only for kids, but the idea of learning how to code from Robots is exciting to everybody. Dot and Dash are adorable little robots that can help your little ones learn the art of coding. Gone are the days when you would want your kids to become a linguistic. The Bill Gates and the Steve Jobs are the new Shakespeare now. Kids all across the globe are learning what’s necessary to power the innovation in technology.
Now the question is, how would you train your 7-years old with coding and programming? It’s not an easy thing but with a little help from “Dash and Dot” is can get as easy as finger painting. Wondering what that is?
“Dash and Dot are interactive, cute little playful robots that helps kids in writing computer programs through an app called “Wonder” (and a few others).
Brains Behind the Bot
Vikas Gupta is the man and brains behind these innovative robots. His story that started from India and landed him all the way in Silicon Valley is an impressive and inspiring one. Born in Chandigarg, India Vikas was always an IT-man (Kid at that time). He learnt how to code when he was in high school and then migrated to USA in 90’s. It was at this time that he started to master the art of coding and started heading Amazon’s web services team. He was never a 9-5 man so he decided to quit his job and started his own company Jambool – which was a bit like Bitcoin. The company was later acquired by Google. Vikas also worked for Google but right after the birth of his daughter in 2012, he and his wife decided to quit their jobs again to travel around the world…and create what we are now calling “Robots that make sense”
These robots are designed to help kid’s creativity by engaging with them emotionally. It’s the way they move, which makes them more real.
“We also wanted it to be something kids could imagine as anything — we didn’t want it to be something they were already familiar with like a four-legged animal or two-legged human — so it has three legs…and one eye.” – Gupta
How Do They Teach Code?
The best thing about these robots is that kids would learn coding without actually having to sit down and learn it. This means that they will understand the basics of coding while playing around with the robots. The robots, through an app connect to your tablet or a smartphone and kids can then control the movement of Dash and Dot through simple steps of coding in their device. There are hundreds of programming/coding adventures (exercises), kids can try with these innovative bots. These adventures are expecially designed to enhance their coding skills – step-by-step.
With Dash and Dot, you don’t have to worry about the batteries – just put them on charge and forget about the rest of the day. Dash and Dot are priced very reasonably at $250 and has also received the National Parenting Award 2015.