Sony Develops New Toy ‘KOOV’ To Teach Kids Coding
Sony has developed a new toy know as ‘KOOV’. This lego-like toy uses sensors and actuators that bring kids’ creations to life.
The kids can use the pieces to build shapes and models. At first glance, the pieces look much like clear, colored legos that can be used to build a variety of shapes. However, there’s more to them than that. Inside each cube are sensors and actuators that come to life when they’re composed into a sculpture.
The created sculptures can now be wirelessly connected to a computer where the kids can use basic coding to make the blocks move around and light up.
Koov was created by Sony’s education arm, Sony Global Education.
The blocks just started selling in Japan for 37,000 yen, which converts to $340 in the U.S. Koov is expected to come to the U.S., but there is no official date yet.
Everything about KOOV seems to be focused on teaching children the things they’ll know to code and work with technology effectively. The logo itself is all about coding.
The kit is Sony Global Education’s first offering under the STEM101 curriculum, developed as an “innovative way” to teach science, technology, engineering, and math in primary schools around the world.