Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 4th December 2015 1364

Wonder Robot’s Dash For Sales Dash

Some of this year’s new entries inti the programmable robotic toy market might lead to a surge on sales this Christmas.

Wonder Workshop’s Dash Robot, for eight years and upwards, is rather expensive at £145 (from Amazon) but is making a name for itself when it comes to teaching kids the fundamentals of problem solving and some principles of programming. It comes with several iOS and Android compatible Apps which connect via Bluetooth to instruct the three-wheeled robot.

One of these Apps is a visual programming tool which children can use to make Dash drive around, move its head, make sounds or light up LEDs in its eyes, ears, chest and tail in various combinations.

A further level of programming can lead it to detect and respond in different ways to obstacles, nearby voices, clapping or even motions.

Some clip-on accessories enhance what Dash can do.

These include a mini-xylophone on which tunes can be programmed and played.

Also for ages eight or more, and less expensive at as little as £60, but not programmable, is MiPosaur. This is a moody robotic dinosaur that plays football. It interacts with a trackball that it senses and follows. It can also be controlled by hand gestures or by an App on an iOS or Android device.

MiPosaur has three different ‘moods’ which change its responses to commands. It starts off content to roam around in ‘curious’ mode and a good clap can make it ‘excitable.’

Pull its tail, though, and it gets very grumpy and even starts biting!!

As well as kicking the ball about, the other tricks up MiPosaur’s sleeve are dancing and even beat-boxing.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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