Play-i: The Lego of new millennium

December, 2 2013 10:00

Posted inProducts

The March issue of Fast Company, magazine about business and innovation, published a chart listing the 50 most innovative companies of the year.


The fact that the first 8 out of 10 of them are digital-based demonstrates that the “digital rush” is far from its decline.

In the near future computer literacy will be as essential as reading and writing, not only for information technology professionals, but also for all kind of jobs.
For this reason it is fundamental to give kids the right tools in order to be able to shape not only their future life and job but also the world they’re going to live in.



Bo and Yana are two toy robots developed by Play-i, a project launched a year ago by three professionals: an engineer, a developer and an inventor who work for the most innovative companies in the world, but are – above all – parents.



The peculiar characteristic about Bo & Yana is that they can be programmed to do a large series of actions: Bo can perform basic movements, detect objects and perform complex sequences of operations. Yana is a storytelling device; it can detect when it’s been moved, allowing children to invoke characters. Moreover, both robots can detect each other.


Playing with the robots also means learning basic programming language, but this is done differently from the way children learn history or math.



The little hackers can use three different interfaces which make basic computer programming accessible to children of all ages: a visual interface for children from 5 to 8 year olds; a simplified programming language that represents different functions like a sort of digital Lego block or classic programming language for teenagers.





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