Mattel and Dash Robotics today appear a new line of educational toys in the form of insect-like robot origami kits. After blockage out two of the bots, called Kamigami, I’d acclaim them to any parent with a analytical kid who’s into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The aggregation behind Kamigami wanted to create article that drew its afflatus from the age-old Japanese art of origami while at the same time amalgam modern technology like robotics and Bluetooth connectivity.

It takes about 30 account to fold calm your robot, each of which is held calm by little artificial rivets that easily snap into place. It requires no tools or engineering know-how. The acquaintance is all-together less circuitous than most Lego projects in the same age range — eight-years-old and up — but feels just as rewarding.


Everything about Kamigami feels solid and well-made. It’s also very modern, when I first opened the box I was abashed to find quick start instructions that basically acicular me appear the app store on my smartphone. It took abnormal to affix my phone to my amiss robot and then annexation through a series of images which directed my architecture efforts completed the experience.


These little robots are anon attainable and the app is aboveboard and simple. You can go from disturbing the box open to making two of them battle each other in less than an hour and there’s enough fun on the apparent to keep most people entertained for days.

There’s so much more to Kamigami than just snapping calm a robot and arena with it like a remote ascendancy toy though. The Kamigami accompaniment app allows you to use a simple action-based timeline to give a series of commands to your robot, in aspect teaching you about coding while you create routines for you bug to pull off.


The real fun begins when you have more than one Kamigami, they’re advised to play and battle with each other. Arena freeze tag with robot bugs is a blast, and watching them try to sumo-fight is pretty funny – they weigh less than my smartphone.


Kamigami are failing and have decidedly few parts, but they’re robust and better suited to my anarchic home ambiance than most robots. The six-legged scrabblers cross tile, carpet, and grass with about ease and they’re faster than they look.

I enjoyed aggregate about Kamigami and love how much these robots animate the development of STEM skills. These little bug-bots are proof that educational toys can be a blast to play with.

Dash Robotics and Mattel will absolution Kamigami today, with a price tag of $49.99. Accessory “shell packs,” which change the actualization of the robots, will also be accessible at launch for $9.99. You can get yours here, and at other retailers including Target and Walmart.

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