CES: Block bots: Modular Robotics creates simple robot set for Gen I

13 : 01 : 2014 Modular Robotics : Toys : MOSS

Las Vegas – Startup Modular Robotics has launched a set of modular robotics toys called MOSS at International CES.

MOSS comprises small blocks of sensors, batteries, mechanical wheels and cogs which snap together using magnetic ball bearings to form moveable parts which can be controlled via a mobile app. Using a simple process of trial and error, children can create robots which respond to light, sound and motion, and move in any way they want. The set is aimed at children aged eight or older.

‘Children quickly learn how to use the set. It’s very easy to create simple robotics using it, but there is a lot of potential for invention and discovery, so there is a very high ceiling in what you can do,’ says Stu Barwick, marketing manager for Modular Robotics. ‘Children are fascinated with devices, so also it’s good to have a set that engages them in the physical world and constructing hardware rather than just using software.’

Last year, LS:N Global reported on the launch of Lego Mindstorms EV3 at CES. With toys that foster invention and creativity, Generation I will quickly develop into a group of makers.

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