Blocks Teach Programming
ATOMS are modular sets that let kids make toys that actually do something, like a magic wand that can turn off lights.
The Boulder, Colorado-based Seamless Toy Company has created a set of modular, high-tech building blocks called ATOMS. Founded by Michael Rosenblatt, who has worked at MIT and Apple, the company aims to help teach kids programming by creating toys that can do all sorts of exciting things.
Gigaom reports that Rosenblatt wanted to make something that encourages kids to interact with electronics, even if they don’t have tech-savvy parents. ATOMS don’t require any electronics skills or programming experience. The company is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, and will introduce a selection of different sets at launch.
The Monster Construction Set allows you to build and personalize creatures with personalities. The Magic Wand Set lets you build an ATOMS magic wand that can turn on your nightlight, move a toy, or close a door with a shake of the wand. The iOS Control Set allows you to control ATOMS modules with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. 13 unique modules will be included in these first sets, including a motor, light sensor, sound module, battery brick, IR target, LED, accelerometer, exploding brick, and iOS control brick. Check out the campaign video below to learn more about ATOMS: