Dash and Dot are some of the latest smart toys on the market. The two blue robots are made by Wonder Workshop and are designed to teach kids real-life programming skills. Kids use a series of apps to control the robots, making them perform functions such as moving around or lighting up in different colors. The latest app for the robots is called Wonder, and it was released earlier this week.
Wonder is designed for kids 8 and older. It uses an easy-to-understand visual interface to make the robots do complex actions, such as lighting up in one color and saying that color while moving on to another action. The app contains a number of specific challenges to help teach kids the possibilities of what they can do. Then kids can take that knowledge into a free-play area, where they can experiment however they want.
“Coding and robotics are 21st-century building blocks that give children the power to create, be curious, and succeed,” said Vikas Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO of Wonder Workshop in an official statement. “We’ve developed a language that translates ideas into code through visual, picture-based programming. This intuitive interface will help every child discover robotics as never before and bring robots like Dash and Dot to life with their creativity.”
In addition to the release of the Wonder app, Wonder Workshop will now release the stationary robot, Dot, as a standalone product for $49.99. If you buy Dash and Dot together, it costs about $200. All of the apps can be downloaded for free and will work with either robot. In addition to Wonder, there are four other apps. One of those requires an extra accessory, but the others can be used right out of the box. Each app is progressively more complex, with Wonder being the most advanced to date.
I was able to get a bit of hands-on time with Dash and Dot with my daughter and we’ll have more on that experience on Pixelkin soon!