This friendly robot has one purpose: to teach kids that technology can be transparent, proximate and fun. In addition to being a toy, it is also an educational ecosystem with an extensive pedagogical pathway. What's more, it is an open source robot: the physical design, the code and the app have all been made freely available so that anyone can understand it and modify it.
When you take it out of the box, it already knows how to do a few things, but it wants you to teach it a whole lot more. It can walk, dance, dodge obstacles, emit sounds and make mouth gestures. Press the buttons at the back and explore the basic functions:
1. Dance: Zowi will surprise you with original dances moves, thanks to the four motors that operate the feet.
2. Walk and dodge obstacles: Zowi’s eyes are actually ultrasound sensors. Place an object or your hand in front of the eyes and it will dodge them to avoid a collision.
3. It responds to taps on the head and nearby sounds: Zowi has a microphone which it uses to listen to what's happening around it. Trying clapping or tapping it on the head and see how it reacts.
Zowi can communicate and be controlled via Bluetooth using the Zowi App. You’ll find different games and activities in the app and new functions will be unlocked as you play. Discover them all!
Play: enjoy the mini-games. Control Zowi's movements with the remote; you can make it walk or balance on tiptoes, change its gestures or coordinate its dance moves! You can also program actions in the order that you want Zowi to perform them. And much, much more!
Discover: Put your knowledge to the test, overcome challenges and learn more about your robot. With every test you pass, you will unlock new actions.
Zowi comes with a reprogrammable board so that you can teach it new things. You can do this using Bitbloq, Bitbloq is a simple and intuitive block-programming tool. Create tunes with the buzzer and program it so that it reacts to the sounds you want. You can also dismantle Zowi to see what it’s like on the inside and add new sensors to be programmed on Bitbloq.
Have you got a 3D printer? Design new frames to personalise Zowi!
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