TPBot Smart Car has been launched today on Kickstarter, at < https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/elecfreaks-tpbot/tpbot-smart-car-creative-programming-partner-for-children?ref=54kr12 >, as a toy car that, when has a micro:bit motherboard inserted in it, becomes a programmable smart car that offers children the chance of learning code and some robot essentials while playing.
TPBot Smart Car is a modular device that lets its users add electronic modules to add and explore different functionalities and it is compatible with Lego bricks to allow for endless creative constructions[FS1].
While it is designed to offer an entertaining user experience, TPBot Smart Car is actually an technology educational tool. It allows for children to develop teamwork skills since it is excellent for group activities. It strengthens children’s intelligence, creative thinking and problem-solving abilities, and it naturally brings them into the world of graphic programming and logical programming thinking without feeling intimidated by complex courses. “It also stimulates sharing experiences and improves self-expressions abilities since using TPBot Smart Car in groups naturally makes children share comments, conclusions and observations,” Mr. Tyler noted.
Created by the BBC, the micro:bit motherboard is a pocket-sized computer that can be programmed to operate multiple functionalities, allowing children to easily learn programming while enjoying the journey as an entertainment activity. MakeCode editor is a Microsoft editor that provides an easy way for children to start programming and to get creative with the micro:bit motherboard. “TPBot Smart Car uses both technologies combined to allow children to have a blast while becoming programming gurus without even thinking about it,” Tyler, one of the developers of the device, said.
It is equipped with a four-way sensor connection at the rear and a four-way servo connection. With micro:bit plugged in, through MakeCode you can easily let it know where it’s going and where it stands—so it won’t just mindlessly bump against obstacles. It also works with a Planet[FS2] X Series Sensors, using more external sensors (such as gesture recognition, or AI cameras) to achieve all kinds of functions.
“There’s another fascinating feature that TPBot Smart Car offers. Its ‘gesture control’ functionality will recognize and interact with the movements of children without any kind of physical contact, which will literally feel like magic,” Tyler further observed.
TPBot Smart Car does not come with a steep or challenging learning curve. Instead, the TPBot Smart Car Programming courses are available and include the ELECFREAKS Wiki, a programming knowledge base for children that will easily teach them how to use and program the car—from the beginning to mastering the smart car and the functionalities it offers through programming.
The TPBot Smart Car campaign on Kickstarter at < https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/elecfreaks-tpbot/tpbot-smart-car-creative-programming-partner-for-children?ref=54kr12 > is seeking to raise $5,000 to fund the large-scale production of the device which will be offered early and for a special price to the backers who support the campaign.
About ELECFREAKS Technology Ltd.
ELECFREAKS Technology Ltd. was established in 2011, establishing its R&D center in the South of Shenzhen. The company has worked in different fields, but ultimately began focusing on small programming and on the development and promotion of micro:bit peripheral products. The company’s main drive is to provide high-quality programming teaching aids for global educators. ELECFREAKS Technology has become an official partner of BBC micro:bit and the company is the most complete original supplier of micro:bit peripherals in the world. A large number of schools and educational institutions in more than 80 countries and regions use the company’s products to teach programming for children.