Coding-free electronic building blocks designed for young inventors

10th April 2017
Lanna Cooper

Robotics and open source hardware provider DFRobot has announced the launch of Boson Kit, the first coding-free set of modular electronic building blocks designed for young inventors and teachers. Created as a hands-on tool for STEM education in the classroom and beyond, Boson Kit is compatible with Legos, magnets, screws and Velcro, using its IoT module to allow everyday innovations to come to life.

It is also fully compatible with Scratch, allowing all users, from beginners to advanced, to unlock the capabilities and AI features of Intel Curie through an easy-to-use design. DFRobot has also launched its Kickstarter campaign to raise over $37,443 for continued product development.

Boson Kit’s distinction is its coding-free functionality, providing users with an applied experience without the complexity of programming and wiring prior to use. The tool contains more than 50 different modules with varying functions, letting creators build a variety of inventive gadgets. Boson Kit also has a smart vision sensor allows for the creation of advanced robots that recognise faces, follow people, track drawn lines and find and fetch balls.

With Boson Kit, users can:

  • Develop skills: Students and teachers alike can use the tool to cultivate STEM education by learning about sensors and circuit logic in a straightforward, visual way.
  • Build anything: Boson Kit can be attached to everyday materials like wood, fabric and Legos to create Internet-connected devices. The opportunities to innovate are endless - ranging from adjustable lamps with rotation sensors, to remote controlled thermostats to electronic pet feeders to human tracking robots.
  • Learn by doing: Users of all levels can learn to build IoT devices by experimenting with the Intel Curie platform that Boson Kit is based on. It is also fully compatible with Scratch. Additionally, students can learn advanced features such as Bluetooth 4.0, gesture control and more.
  • Classroom enhancement: Attach the magnetic modules onto a whiteboard to visually demonstrate experiments to students.

“We believe in the power of creating easy-to-use tools that bring ordinary objects to life,” said Ricky Ye, CEO, DFRobot. “The possibilities are truly endless with Boson Kit, and it doesn’t require a complicated set-up process to get going. Everyone from elementary students first delving into the STEM world, to more advanced inventors, to teachers can use these building blocks with ease to create nearly anything from the ground up. The tool provides a hands-on educational experience that allows for imagination and innovation - two aspects of the learning process that are vital at any age, but especially with young people.”

DFRobot is committed to creating products that foster STEM education. In addition to Boson Kit, DFRobot offers other tools like Gravity Kit and Beginner Kit For Arduino.

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