Our 7 Favorite Advent Projects

With the countdown almost over and Christmas just around the corner, we at Robo Wunderkind wanted to take some time and look back at our 7 favorite holiday projects we’ve come up with.

We hope Robo Wunderkind has made your holidays 24 times as fun and that our projects have inspired you to think of other ways to include Robo in your life. Now, let’s get started!  

 

The Cookie Timer (module: LED)

 

Just like the smell of pine that comes from the Christmas tree, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the smell of cookies and gingerbread. Whether you like chocolate, icing, or your cookies natural, we can all agree that burnt cookies are the worst! Your Robo Wunderkind friend can help you never forget your cookies again. Just program the LED module to change color based on how much time is left. The best part is that Robo can also send you a notification to your phone, if you managed to ignore the red blinking color.

 

The Cat Guardian (modules: line follower, proximity sensor)

 

 

Pets and Christmas trees are not a good match, but especially dangerous to trees are curious cats. They like to bite on the electric cord of the lights, they bat with their paws low hanging ornaments, and sometimes, they even crawl up the tree! Good that you can program Robo Wunderkind to guard the Christmas tree with its line follower and proximity module. Assign an area to patrol just in front of the tree, by drawing a line on the floor. Once Robo detects someone in its proximity, it will sound a piercing alarm to send the cat scurrying!

 

The Snow Photographer (module: camera)

 

We love dreaming for a white Christmas, a blanket of snow makes the holidays just feel more magical. If you’re lucky and it’s snowing out, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family!  Robo can be programmed to take HD pictures of the snow fall with the Camera module, so you can create a collection or a time-lapse. With the mobile app, it’s easy to email the pictures directly to your jealous family and friends. Don’t forget to dress up warm when you go outside.

 

The Robot Ornament (module: LED matrix)

 

A fully decorated Christmas tree really transforms the room into a beautiful holiday paradise with its lights, ornaments, and pine smell. Too bad you can’t have one in each room, right? Feeling the same, we came up with a project to turn your robot into a personal ornament. All you have to do is draw whatever you want, from hearts to stars and snowflakes on the LED matrix. Now you have your own personal Christmas ornament, and it can even play your favorite carol if you shake it!



 

The Dancing Twin Snowflakes (module: IR blaster)


 

We found inspiration for our day 16 project while watching snowflakes fall outside. Each one twirled and flipped as if marvelously dancing while floating to the ground. Inspired by their holiday dance, we thought Robo could make a great dancer too. We made things more intricate by adding a second robot since multiple robots can communicate together using the IR blaster module. After all, one robot is a fantastic educational toy but things really get creative when multiple robots are used at once.


 

The Fireman (module: meteo sensor)

 

Cats aren’t the only destructive force during the holidays, candles can be dangerous too! Left burning, they can potentially cause fires or even worse, burn all of the Christmas presents! Good that Robo Wunderkind has a meteo sensor that can track temperature and a light sensor module too. Just place Robo near any burning candles and program him to send you a notification if any flames start to grow.

 

The Santa Trap (module: motion sensor)  

 

Our last favorite project comes from our childhood dreams of one day catching Santa Claus in the act on Christmas eve. No longer do we have to worry about falling asleep early and missing Santa, Robo is on the watch! Just program Robo to sound the alarm and send you a notification when the motion sensor picks up movement near the Christmas tree. Combined with the camera module, and you can even take a picture of old jolly Santa himself.

 

 

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our holiday projects. Did we cover your favorite projects too? We at Robo Wunderkind wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

 

Three Things Turkeys And Robots Have In Common

Three Legendary Robots and the Lessons they've Taught us

Robots can be dynamic teachers. They help us reach milestones that would be unattainable without their strength, efficiency, and programmable intelligence. They also have the capacity to destroy things.

You are in charge of Robo Wunderkind's personality, and to help you choose, we have assembled some of our favourite robot teachers and the lessons they have taught us - Call it a little Robo Wunderkind inspiration! 

Lesson 1: How to Identify and Stand Up to Danger

 
Danger Will Robinson, Danger!  (Lost in Space Robot at Maker Faire by Don DeBold)

Danger Will Robinson, Danger!  (Lost in Space Robot at Maker Faire by Don DeBold)

 

The Robot in Lost in Space showed us the protective and caring side to robotics. First aired in 1956 on the hit show Lost In Space, the Class M-3 Model B9 Robot supported the Robinson family after their ship crash-landed on the mysterious planet Priplanus . More affectionately known as "the Robot", it protected the curious and trouble-seeking Will Robinson on his galactic adventures in an unknown world. The Robot would warn his faithful companions of danger by sounding the alarm and announcing "DANGER, Will Robinson! DANGER!" 


Feeling inspired, we talked with our young Robo fans and came up with some project ideas on how Robo could protect them from harm. One of the projects is a Robo Room Guardian who activates when an intruder triggers the motion detector and recording device, as they come into the room looking to steal any leftover Halloween candy. The thieves won’t be able to hide from the live stream, so be sure to save it!   

 

Lesson 2: You Are Who You Choose to Be

 

We can all be Superman (The Iron Giant Poster by Alex Ross)

We can all be Superman (The Iron Giant Poster by Alex Ross)

Like Clark Kent, the robot from The Iron Giant crash-landed on earth and into our hearts from a faraway world on a mysterious mission. With the strength to rip apart the local town's power plant and to tear up railroad tracks, the robot was a potent death machine. Luckily for Hogarth, the young boy who finds and befriends the robot, a serious bump on the head during the crash-landing damages the robot's destructive programming.  Left with no memory, the robot enjoys learning about what it means to be human and how a person (or robot) can overcome their programming and choose their own destiny. 


The tearful conclusion resonates deeply with us (warning, this movie is a serious tear-jerker); it’s why we made it possible for you to decide what type of robot to build and program. You can read more about our story here, and always remember, “You are who you choose to be” (*Sob*, thank you Hogarth).  

 

Lesson 3: Live Passionately

 
One day, I want somebody to look at me the same way <3 (Wall E by Nazmi Hamidi)

One day, I want somebody to look at me the same way <3 (Wall E by Nazmi Hamidi)

 

With the subtle twitch of an eye along with beeps, tones, and sighs, it’s easy to forget that WALL-E is a robot. From the movie WALL-E, there are almost too many things to love about him, such as his curiosity or determination. But what we find most amazing is his overwhelming passion for life. Whether it be cleaning up waste on earth, collecting beautiful artifacts, or pursuing his love, WALL-E commits to his tasks with a soulful honesty. Unlike the Iron Giant, who had to learn to overcome his programming, WALL-E simply is who he is and isn’t afraid to show it. 


Although it might take us a couple more years before we can make a robot as expressive than WALL-E, our LED module helps your Robo smile, wink, and make any face or shape you can draw! See how it works here


Now we’ve reached the end of our lesson, we hope you’ve enjoyed our favourite robot teachers as we have and are inspired to take and build upon what they’ve taught us. Just like them, we hope you stand up to danger, design the life you want, and do so passionately. It’s always easier with a Robo friend. 

4 ways Robo Wunderkind Encourages a Child’s Creativity

Robot Children

How can you raise the next inventor? Well, we have some good news for you! Firstly, this is the perfect time to start, and secondly we got just the right recipe for you to encourage your child’s creative expression. Check out how Robo Wunderkind can help you with that.

 

Understanding Technology

21st century children use technology to connect to their friends and learn about the world and parents should encourage the meaningful use of it. Today, instead of just making a robot or a rocket ship out of building bricks or lego, kids can go a step further and also control their creation via a smartphone or tablet. Robo Wunderkind uses technology to help children learn about robotics and coding which helps them to understand the link between technology and the real world.

 

Encouraging Self Expression

All Robo Wunderkind sets come with a project book, where kids find the instructions for a wide variety of projects. These projects are just a starting point, because when children start building their first robot they realize that there is more than one way of putting the cubes together. Robo Wunderkind encourages kids to explore their own ideas and learn to make their own choices.  In this way, they have the freedom to think outside the box and experiment with different ideas.

 

Having fun while learning

Robo Wunderkind engages kids in two different ways: mentally and physically. They build the robot with their hands and think about how to best program the robot in the application, so that it does what they want. Robo also focuses on process rather than the result. This is why, kids can build functional robots from just two cubes. The whole idea is not to be very complicated but challenging in a fun way. And through play develop useful STEM skills.

 

Adding some LEGO to it

A child’s mind needs to experiment. Robo Wunderkind’s design allows for lego integration, which ads even more play value to our educational toy. LEGO is already recognized as very beneficial to creative play, so imagine if you put Robo Wunderkind and LEGO together... Children will be adding their LEGO parts all over the robot so that his creativity doesn’t have any limits.

 

Creativity is not a talent that your child is born with, but a skill that needs to be trained from a young age. So, next time you think about boosting your child’s creativity, consider choosing a toy that prepares them for the challenges of a digital world.

Robo Wunderkind is taking off

 

Our Team was catapulted into a new year and is ready to take off. 

Wow, so much has happened last year. We successfully completed our Kickstarter campaign, rocked TechCrunch SF and now our amazing Robo Wunderkind is even part of the world’s biggest consumer electronics tradeshows, the CES 2016 in Las Vegas. We are humbled to present our ideas at an event that stands for restless innovation, impactful creation and the ability to make the impossible possible.

 

Now we can share this vision with all of you! We launched our new website www.startrobo.com and now everybody can pre-order the Robo Wunderkind Kits. So hurry up, and get your very own Robo Wunderkind now with 25% pre-order discount!

We want to convey to our children that the possibilities of our minds are limitless. Let’s take off together and explore the infinity of imagination!

Love,

Team Robo

 

Thank you!

Wow! What amazing news to share! We are thrilled to announce that Robo Wunderkind has successfully reached its Kickstarter goal as well as two of its stretch goals, yay!

We want to tell you: YOU. ARE. AWESOME.

Each and every one of you is now an important part of the community we’re building, and we could not have done this without you.


To celebrate our roots, we came back to the place where our project started: the Viennese hackerspace Metalab, a one of a kind place where exploration and experimentation is encouraged. The spirit of Metalab influenced us and strengthened our determination to open the world of technology to children.

Even though the campaign has already exceeded our wildest expectations, there are still 24 days left, and it doesn't stop here. We will release our new stretch goals very soon, so stay tuned!

Thank you so much for helping us making it happen!

You are the best. 

Team Robo