Having just attended the media preview of the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, this is the first of two Gifts We Love that come directly from this awesome interactive exhibition of creative media technologies for kids.
Kids of all ages love to build. Whether it’s with wooden blocks, cardboard boxes, LEGO, blanket and pillows, sand or snow, to be able to create from the depths of one’s imagination is what play is all about. Building robots is still not a simple, out of the box activity to do. Robotic kits require some knowledge of programming and electronics, which makes it difficult for even an older tween to assemble on their own. That is why we love Cubelets.
Cubelets is a simple and fun system of building robots using magnetic cubes. Each cube has essentially a computer inside it that is pre-programmed to perform one specific function. The magic happens when you snap the cubes together.
There are 3 categories of Cublets – Think, Sense and Action. At the centre of every Cubelet robot is the Think Battery Cubelet, which powers the robot. Attach to it a Sense (ex. Brightness, Distance) or Action (ex. Drive, Flashlight) Cubelet and be amazed at what your robot can do. For example, the Drive Cubelet has wheels to allow your robot to move on a horizontal surface, the Flashlight Cubelet lights up your robot and the Distance Cubelet detects how far it is from an object. But that is just the beginning. There are 16 individual Cubelets available that can do everything from chirp, rotate, emit light and even pair your robot to your iOS device via Bluetooth. When Cubelets are attached beside one another, they communicate, sensing the function of the other, which brings your robot to life.
The starter kit comes with 6 Cubelets (colour coded for easier identification), recipe cards to get started and rechargeable batteries. A charger is not included. Additional Cubelets can be purchased separately.
The Cubelets Kit can be purchased at the TIFF Shop for $175 CDN. The charger is sold separately.
Tip: If you’re in Toronto, the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace has an exhibit where kids and parents can build to their hearts content with an entire table of Cubelets.
Images: Modular Robotics
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.