The expert on child-friendly robotics and DIY hovercraft-drones, Makeblock is launching a new gadget-building platform called ‘Neuron’. Engadget reports that the system offers over 30 blocks with different functions, that kids can program to create science experiments or gadgets. For instance, they can be used to make an internet-connected cat feeder. Also, according to Makeblock, the new system will be platform agnostic – this means that it can work with products like Lego and even Microsoft’s Cognitive Services AI platform.
Currently, the system boasts six kits – Explorer, Explorer Pro, Light Wizard, Science Lab, Smart Life and All-in-One. They’re each equipped with basic blocks like a light sensor and adjustment knob, with the different kits featuring specialised blocks geared towards children’s interests. When a kit is set up, you can program it via Makeblock’s mBlock, a graphical and flow-based programming system. Other features of the system include remote control via Wi-Fi, Lego compatibility, and more.