Ross Atkin based in London has created a new simple to build robot called the Crafty that comes complete with its own Fizzbit, that thats the form of a rechargeable module that is capable of propelling the robot.
The Crafty robots are not programmable, and their behaviour is defined by their physical shape and construction material. Allowing children to experiment and learn what makes a great Crafty robot and what doesn’t.
Watch the video below to learn more about this affordable paper-based toy that can be customised and modified into a wealth of different designs. Atkin its creator explains a little more :
Right now there’s a lot of focus on getting kids to code so they can build the future. This is a good thing but it risks too narrow a focus. Code is only useful as part of the process of turning technology into actual things people can use and enjoy. This process is design and engineering.
The Crafty Robot is a paper toy unlike any other. Plug Crafty into a USB for 30 seconds, unplug and you’ve got a moving robot. CAD your own moving robot with only two parts! Don’t fancy CAD? Just download this sweet moving Unicorn. We’ll be creating new models regularly and we hope others will too!
We’ve got loads of free templates (from Kanyes to Cowboys) to download and print at home, We’ll be adding more every month. Fancy designing your own? We’ve got blank templates to get you started and once you’re done we’d love to host your designs so other people can make them too. Creating a new robot that behaves in a particular way requires a process of experimentation and iteration.
Jump over to the Kickstarter website to make a pledge from just £5 to secure one of the first Crafty robots of the production line via the link below.