2017 Holiday Gift Ideas

Smart Robot Codey Rocky for Beginner Coding and AI Learning

Makeblock recently launched its latest smart robot - Codey Rocky on Kickstarter. Integrated with cutting-edge technologies like AI and IoT, Codey Rocky is the perfect affordable programmable robot for beginner coders aged 6+, offering a great way to introduce children to the basics of programming like Scratch 3.0, Python and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

Codey Rocky is the entry-level robot that can be coded and controlled via using the graphical programming app mBlock 5. The Codey Rocky set comes with a detachable programming console named Codey and an add-on car named Rocky that takes Codey around.

Codey Rocky is integrated with graphical programming software, AI and IoT technologies and more than 10 programmable electronic modules (built-in LED display, volume and light sensors, speakers, infrared receivers and emitters, and a six-axis gyroscope etc.). Users can also choose to code Codey Rocky via more advanced Python -the most popular language in the age of AI on mBlock 5.

Codey Rocky Teaches Coding and AI with Ease

"It's widely known these days that learning to code in early year is essential, we are very excited to offer Codey Rocky, the perfect robot that's easy for beginner coders to adopt and start to get a sense of technologies like AI, IoT, regardless of their level of coding experience," Said Jasen Wang, founder & CEO of Makeblock,

"Coding doesn't have to be hard and boring, Codey Rocky is a very special robot and it's an important step in our mission to make coding fun & accessible to all," Wang observed.

Key features of Codey Rocky include —

  • Expressive LED Display: Code to customize expression, show time and weather, and personal messages on Codey's 16×8 LED display.
  • 10+ Programmable Electronic Modules: with more than 10 programmable electronic modules, Codey Rocky can be programmed to perform a wide range of fun effects and functions.
  • Graphical Programming: Codey Rocky teaches coding through its controls via the drag-and-drag visual programming app mBlock 5.
  • Python support: Users can convert their graphical codes to the Python language with one click and begin writing advanced codes.
  • AI and IoT Integrated: Features like AI and IoT extend the possibilities of functions to implement with Codey Rocky.
  • Expandable and Easy-to-build: Codey Rocky is compatible with LEGO® bricks and Makeblock Neuron electronic modules, allowing users to build upon Codey Rocky and unlock more AI potential.
  • Durable and wireless: Fully integrated in a compact, durable shell, Codey Rocky is portable and easy to bring & use anywhere.
  • Continuously updated learning resources: More than 20 learning guides are provided for getting started with graphical programming and Python. Programming resources and teaching videos are continuously updated.

The Codey Rocky Kickstarter campaign started on November 28, 2017. Early backers receive early bird $69 (without Bluetooth dongle) and $79 (with Bluetooth dongle) pricing (30% off of MSRP price). The basic pack includes 1 Codey, 1 Rocky and 1 Bluetooth dongle. Additional educational discounts will be available for family, classroom, after-class packs of 2, 6 and 12 sets.

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