Japanese robot teaches toddlers about coding

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

Japanese Icon Corp is currently crowdfunding for a new concept that’s designed to get kids understanding the thinking patterns of programming from a very young age. So young, in fact, that before they can even speak. Welcome to Kumiita, a little robot that looks like a salt and pepper shaker. The child can arrange the control panels how they like, then put Kumiita on the start panel to begin its journey. As it crosses the panels, the robot follows commands such as direction, rotation (which is what the child will need to think about when trying to get Kumiita to…

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