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Technology Sony launches a $250 version of its Koov robot coding kit

15:40  22 october  2019
15:40  22 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Sphero's new Mini Activity Kit lets you build a robot obstacle course

Sphero's new Mini Activity Kit lets you build a robot obstacle course It's designed to teach kids how to code, but it's OK if you want to play with it too.

Unlock your child's potential and introduce them to a world of innovation with the Sony 's KOOV kit , a coding and robotics starter kit . Our site is not optimized for your current browser. We recommend downloading and installing the latest version of one of the following browsers

KOOV : Next Generation Coding & Robotics Kit The all-in-one coding , robotics and design kit for the next generation of innovators from Sony . KOOV comes with everything your child needs to start building robots , make them move with code and share them with other young inventors from across

Sony has launched a smaller, more affordable version of Koov, its candy-colored coding toy for kids. A Koov kit contains blocks, motors and sensors kids can put together to create robots and small machines they can program. It can make classes a lot more fun and ignite kids' interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) subjects. But it also costs $520 a set, which could be too much for schools with little funding or teachers who pay for classroom supplies out of pocket. The new Koov Trial Kit only costs $250.

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Of course, it's a lot smaller than the full-sized kit. It only comes with 86 blocks whereas the bigger set has 322, and it has fewer electronic components. Further, it only has up to 12 pre-coded robot recipes kids can follow and 6 lessons, while the bigger set has 35 robot recipes and 23 lessons on programming, robotics and other subjects.

PlayStation 4 update delivers 16-player parties and Android Remote Play for all

  PlayStation 4 update delivers 16-player parties and Android Remote Play for all Sony has rolled out its latest Playstation 4 update, and as it teased earlier, it includes an improved Party function. You can now double up the number of participants to 16 from eight, making playing sessions more of a, well, party. On top of that, Sony has improved the feature's network connectivity and audio quality, while increasing accessibility with a new chat transcription feature. The latter converts all your Party chats to text, while text can be spoken by a robot on the PS4 Second Screen app.Another big new feature on the PS4 system update 7.0 is Remote Play on all smartphones and tablets running Android version 5.0 or higher, and not just Sony Xperia devices.

The Sony KOOV Educational Coding and Robotics Kit helps to shape future problem-solvers, one block at a time. Perfect in the classroom, KOOV is a

KOOV is a robotics and coding educational kit made up of blocks, sensors, motors, actuators, and a companion app that teaches children core concepts about design, coding and robotics. For more info: www. sony .com/ koov .

Still, Sony believes the trial kit is enough to teach kids key programming and design concepts. Sony Electronics North America VP Michiko Araki Kelley said in a statement:

"Sony looks to the next generation of young innovators as we head into the future, and we created the KOOV Trial Kit to provide a wider base of youngsters with the opportunity to take a peek into the coding and robotics universe. By embracing STEAM subjects in school, we hope students will be better prepared with the skills needed for their future careers."

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Developers can now program the actions of Sony's robot dog Aibo .
Aibo, the robotic dog by Sony, recently received a software update that lets developers customize the pup's actions. For years, Sony has been developing robot dogs that have the capacity to emulate the behavior of real pups. Last year, the sixth generation of Aibo went on sale in the US complete not only with pooch mannerisms, but also with AI and cloud-connected technology. Since this launch, Aibo has become as much of a house watchdog as a companion thanks to software updates that take advantage of the device's cameras and sensors to send owners live reports of their house while they're away.

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