Robots and kids. The latest toys from ILoveRobots. I’m Fred Fishkin with technology BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear. Bossa Nova Robotics is a company with roots at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. And it has been taking its technology and know-how to create high tech, yet affordable toys under the ILoveRobots brand. Chief executive Martin Hitch..says the Penbo and friends line, aimed at girls, hides technology behind a cute façade…
“It basically takes a sophisticated mobile robotics platform and we add this adorable character that then reacts and responds to how the child uses it. We then include touch sensors, orientation sensors, sound sensors that provide this rich, interactive experience.”
New is Skylee, a friendly dragon version of the toy. And the fierce looking Mechatars connect to virtual worlds online. There’s more info at ILoveRobots.com. You can find us at BootCamp.com. I’m Fred Fishkin.