Augmented Reality (AR) technology took center stage at the Pai Technology Toy Fair NYC booth this week, with the introduction of PaiBotz (available in late April), its newest robots that serve as STEM learning tools for children aged four to eight years.
A $99.99 construction kit, PaiBotz combines the building function with coding, teaching kids how to build and then program and play with the PaiBotz robots they’ve made, using 150 building blocks and more than 30 interactive AR puzzles available through the free app.
There are instructions for the construction of six pre-designed robots or children can create their own robot designs. Once the robots are built, the app encourages them to explore coding concepts such as sequencing, looping, and conditional coding with an intuitive visual programming language – and their efforts are rewarded when the PaiBotz robots light up, move, dance, play drums, and make sounds via motors and sensors by using the app’s Bluetooth connectivity. The PaiBotz robots are also scannable via smartphone or tablet and can become animated.