Tinkerbots Makers Launch Lomo, A Lego Style Coding Toy Without Use Of A Screen

Posted: Jun 5 2018, 9:57am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 5 2018, 10:39am CDT , in Toys


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Tinkerbots Makers Launch Lomo, a Lego Style Coding Toy without Use of a Screen

Kids can write code just by placing special Lego bricks on a board to control a robot.

German Kinematics GmbH, known for the popular Tinkerbots, launch Lomo, a coding game that introduces children ages 4-10 to the world of programming, without any screens. Most STEM coding toys require an app or a computer to code. Kinematics came up with a simple but powerful concept of writing code by placing special Lego compatible bricks on a board. With the push of a button, the Lomo command blocks light up as the commands are executed by the robot. Watch a video below to see Lomo in action.

The Lomo starter kit is launching today on an Indiegogo crowdfunding platform starting at $99. The campaign also offers extension packs and kits for educators. Lomo follows the company’s successful 2014 crowd-funding campaign for Tinkerbots robotic building kits, which raised $300,000 USD from more than 850 Indiegogo backers and is now sold in more than 600 retailers in 18 countries.

The Lomo Starter Kit includes a Lego-compatible robot, programming board, luminescent coding bricks, and a game called Turtle Island. Players arrange 25 cards to create their unique adventure landscape and then code their robot to carry out set tasks.

Players build and customize their robot before telling it where to go, by setting the corresponding coding bricks on the programming interface. Each color represents a different coding feature, and the bricks light up as the code is executed and the robot navigates the adventure map.

“We believe that children are the innovators of the future and STEM education is key,” said Co-Founder Leonhard Oschütz. “Programming opens new opportunities for a brighter future for the younger generation.”

Lomo was designed in Germany by Kinematics’ team of engineers, in collaboration with educational experts. Three Lomo extension packs allow kids to explore imaginary game worlds, dodge dangerous meteorites, navigate labyrinths, construct a beaver dam, and much more. Each includes their own playmats, figurines, and tasks that can be solved independently, collaboratively, or against friends.

“Being able to understand and to use a programming language helps children & teenagers to master the challenges in our digital world,” said Co-Founder Christian Guder. “Lomo motivates children to try out their own ideas and to act solution-oriented. By assembling the colorful bricks on the programming board, children can easily understand the principles of software without any software or apps”

With Lomo, kids can play with algorithms, procedures, and loops. When the coding bricks light up they even help with debugging the code. The programming board has two sections for basic coding and advanced functions. Children can even compress long coding sequences into one operating brick to keep the code short and simple.

“It is very important to prepare younger generations for the challenges of the digital era, and actively take part in applying key technologies to the real world,” said CEO Adrienne Fischer. “We believe that Lomo shows that key technology can be dealt with in a fun way.”

Lomo's estimated delivery date is in Fall 2018. Get Lomo now and you are all set for the Holiday 2018 toy.

The Tinkerbots project emerged from Bauhaus University in Weimar, during a study assignment by Lego enthusiast, Leonhard Oschütz. He worked meticulously on first prototypes, and founded Kinematics with Christian Guder and Matthias Bürger in September 2013. Adrienne Fischer joined the team as CEO in 2016. Visit the Lomo Indigogo page now for more details.

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