Finch, Affordable Study-Buddy
Carnegie Mellon University developed a robot to keep tech-savvy students constantly interested and came up with Finch, a white, plastic 2-wheeled bot that resembles a bird. At a price of only $99.00 (with discounts for ordering in quantity,) young scientists can program it to speak, dance and even draw pictures. He has a 3-axis accelerometer, temperature, bump and light sensors, LED lights and speakers.
The eventual goal is to allow every student to adopt one and take it home for assignments. The company BirdBrain Technologies produces and sells Finch and has developed lesson plans for teachers as well as giving them the option of uploading their own ideas. Classroom testing has been tried in high school, university and after school programs.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at May 9, 2011 11:02 AM