arts and crafts for the digital age
But this is the technological equipment in the digital age.
It includes electronic sensors, motors, speakers, connecting cables and palmssize, battery-
By combining traditional materials with high
Mitchell Resnick says tech products, 9-year-old children can invent interactive jewelry, dance novelty creatures, music sculptures, and more, a study Professor at MIT\'s Media Lab. Mr.
Resnick\'s collaboration and learning with children in the Media Lab helped the Lego group create a very successful think storm robot building kit in 1998, he said, he wants to make something that does not emphasize the construction of mechanical objects.
Instead, he says he is more interested in encouraging the creation of something artistic and providing a technical and programming language that allows young people to control their creative behavior more.
The advertisement \"wants people to start with simple projects and make their imagination crazy . \"Resnick said.
\"I think young people are very fast diving and experimenting.
He said, \"the PicoCricket kit was designed to encourage such experiments.
\"For example, one of the PicoCricket guides users on how to turn birthday cakes made primarily from felt, cardboard and straws into a subtly interactive cake, a cake, when someone blows a candle, it can be programmed to turn off the lights in the candle.
With some adjustments to cake programming, its artificial candles will flash even before they go out.
With more programming adjustments, cakes can play birthday music, or they can be combined with another homemade device to throw paper scraps into the air.
The $250 suit was the first attempt by the fun-filled invention company (Montreal) in Montreal.
Resnick is a partner. founder;
Lego is a financial company. (
The kit will be available from www next month. picocricket.
Com, accept orders now. )
In addition to all the components, the kit also includes printing in double
A meal mat, but not much in terms of instructions.
Its core tool is the PicoBlocks software. and-click, drop-and-
Drag the programming language.
It looks like a colorful puzzle that can be arranged and combined on a computer screen (PC and Mac)with a mouse.
String the marked pieces into interlocking sequences can create simple or complex commands. A U. S. B.
The \"beamer\" inserted into the computer transmits the command to the PicoCricket computer through a series of flashing lights.
The motor and sensor are inserted into the PicoCricket and then executed according to the program stored in its solids-state memory.
Advertising on PicoCricket\'s core technology
Resnick said the date was from 1980s when M. I. T.
Lego is developing programmable Lego blocks, which leads to a storm of thinking.
\"It is very important for us to control our children . \"
According to M. , Resnick said he noticed that both girls and boys were attracted by the creative engineering of the quilt coverI. T.
Research and seminars on a global scale.
Other developers are also developing more open products.
A final building kit designed to allow young people to create and program their own computerized design.
The Vex robot design system was developed last year by innovation first and radiowack, aiming to stimulate young people to have fun while innovating.
Along the way, many people were given hands
On courses on how mathematics, physics and computer programming can be useful and practical, says Joel Carter, first vice president of marketing for robotics company innovation at Tex Greenville.
The Vex robot kit includes instructions, but they encourage young people
General high school age
Solve the problem.
\"Talking to ordinary high school students, they are smarter . \"Carter said.
They like to open
Ended the problem and loved using tools that could be used to solve open issuesended problems.
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The $300 Vex starter kit includes more than 500 parts enough to build a remote
In addition to programmable robots, there are controlled robots. Carter noted.
He said that programming is written in easyC, a graphical variant of the C language used by professional programmers.
\"It\'s a cool tool to work with Vex,\" he said of easyC working on Windows --
Based on personal computers.
\"It makes Vex accessible and mystifies programming.
Relatively young children can program robots to do what they want.
\"Programming is transmitted to the microprocessor of the robot by inserting the serial cable of the computer.
Vex system including more than 20 attachments (
Including easyC programming kit for $99 separately)
Recently acquired by Innovation First (www. vexlabs. com). This means, Mr.
Carter said that the robot kit will not only be sold at the Radio Shack store, but will also be sold through other channels.
He also noted that Carnegie Mellon University has developed a course to teach mathematics and science using Vex robots.
David Greenbaum, the owner of a robot shop and workshop robot village in Upper West Side of Manhattan, said that young people\'s attraction to robots is natural.
He said: \"It was a very exciting moment for the children to see the robots around them doing things like exploring the ocean and outer space and helping the patients and people in the hospital
\"They want to be one of them.
Learning Robotics skills gives them a big advantage in releasing their future possibilities.
\"Homemade robots have recently become such a hot topic that Mark fraunfeld, editor-in-chief of Make magazine, says most of the magazine\'s latest issue is meant to guide readers
\"There\'s one other thing that\'s really big, is kit,\" Mr.
Frauenfelder says it is becoming more and more popular in designing, building, and programming personal creations.
They aroused people\'s appetite.
They see them on the Internet, others are at home
These robots are really cool.
\"Caleb Chung and Bob Christopher, together
Founder of robot technology company Uggie in emmerville, California
They said they were developing a baby robot dinosaur, Pleo, and they said it would behave so convincingly that it would invite a relationship like a play. (Mr. Chung was co-
Inventor of interactive plush toy Furby. )The Pleo (www. ugobe. com/pleo)
Be prepared before the holidays;
The price has not yet been disclosed. Mr.
Christopher said robot pet technology running on the company\'s life form operating system would be \"all about enabling creative genes in everyone \".
At the same time, the diversity and creative possibilities of the robot kit continue to grow, covering everything from mechanical insects and beasts to high
Tech Toy House and rotating sculpture.
Robots no longer need to be restricted, he said. Resnick of M. I. T.
\"Things in the box.
\"A version of this article appears on the New York version of the print on page C13 with the title: art and crafts in the digital age.
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