We might not have robot servants like the sci-fi films predicted – not yet, anyway – but ‘bots are being put to all kinds of uses. This one fits in the palm of your hand, and looks great fun to play with.
He’s called Ringo, and he comes equipped with an accelerometer, gyroscope, LED lights, his own sounds and communication sensors. This means he can drive around and react to your prods and nudges.
There are 10 behaviours pre-loaded, so you can start playing straight out of the box.
These are just a selection. You activate and switch between them using the remote control. You can also customise them yourself, providing you know a bit about coding.
He runs Arduino, an open-source platform, so anyone can get tinkering. It looks like a great way to get kids into coding, so let’s hope it succeeds. At time of writing, it’s almost halfway to its $12,000 funding goal, with 22 days to go.