Mattel and Dash Robotics introduced of the updated and enhanced Kamigami, a build-it-yourself robot platform for kids inspired by insects.
Kamigami is the brain child of two UC Berkeley PhD graduates, who previously used their expertise in robotics and biomimicry to complete projects for the U.S. Army and NSF. Kids can fold and snap flat sheets of durable plastic together to create robotic praying mantises, scorpions, and more. Once kids build their Kamigami, they can program it to maneuver around all kinds of terrain and interact with friends’ Kamigami robots. Dash Robotics, in collaboration with Mattel, debuted the enhanced Kamigami at Target.
Kamigami reinforces the fundamentals of coding logic and lets users design their own actions. It provides a growing variety of building blocks, both in hardware and software, for users to create with.
Assembly takes less than one hour with no tools or engineering degree required. Once assembled, the programming interface lets kids to design their robot’s unique movements and reactions. Kids can design how the robot interacts with them, its environment and other Kamigami Robots. In addition, they can use the free companion app to drive, race, or battle their Kamigami.
There will be six kinds of Kamigami available at launch, including ones that resemble lady bugs, praying mantises, scorpions, and more with the ability of users to change the look of the Kamigami Robot with shell packs sold separately. The Kamigami Robot has a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, IR transmitter, two IR sensors and tri-color LEDS. The battery is a rechargeable lithium polymer with playtime up to 30 minutes.