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Kamigami: An Inexpensive, DIY Robot for Kids

Bring your Kamigami robots together for multi-robot games such as freeze tag, sumo and chase. (Photo credit: Dash Robotics.)
Bring your Kamigami robots together for multi-robot games such as freeze tag, sumo and chase. (Photo credit: Dash Robotics.)

If you’re looking for a great gift for the junior roboticist in your household, check out the Kamigami critters. These bots have bodies made of a highly flexible, plastic-fabric composite material that ensures minimal friction between moving parts — making them very fast. The pieces also easily snap together together without tools, using pop rivets. No need for tools!

The custom electronics include a Cortex M0 core, Bluetooth Smart radio, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, IR receiver and transmitter. It’s all housed under one of three colorful shell patterns. Kids can drive and program the little bots using a mobile app on their iOs or Android device.

“We designed Kamigami so kids could discover a fun new way of learning,”said Nick Kohut, co-founder and chief executive officer of Dash Robotics. “Our mantra is ‘build, program and evolve’ and Kamigami helps kids do just that. It’s the first DIY programmable robot that is affordable for everyone.”

Kamigami robots are currently available via Kickstater for $49 each. They are recommended for kids age 8 and up.

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