Robotic learning toys are becoming more common in the market as children turn more to STEM learning. As a result, we’ve seen several modular and advanced robotic toys designed to help kids learn basic programming and problem-solving concepts. And the Sphero indi is not that different.
The Sphero indi
Developed by famous robotic toy maker Sphero, the indi is basically a toy car that helps kids learn basic problem solving and logical thinking concepts. The learning set comes with the indi, which is the robotic little car, and a bunch of color-coded silicone-based tiles, designed to give indi-specific instructions.
For example, a green tile tells the car to move faster, a pink tile tells it to turn left, a yellow tile tells the car to drive slowly, and a red tile stops the car. Thus, the car is equipped with a color sensor to detect the color of a tile on which it is running and react accordingly.
Therefore, using Sphero indi, children can design their own courtyards and mazes with the given tiles. Additionally, the set includes challenge cards that come with a course and missing tiles. These challenges push the learner to find a way to get the car from point A to point B, despite the missing tiles.
The indi charges via a USB port and comes with speakers and LED lights. In addition, the toy does not require any connection to a smartphone or companion app to operate. It starts working as soon as you take it out of the box and provides a screen-less learning experience for your little one. However, if your child is ready to level up a bit, they can use the Sphero Edu Jr app to customize instructions using block-based language.
Pricing and availability
The Sphero indi is currently for pre-order on its official website. It comes in the form of an individual student kit and a class kit. The student kit includes the indi robotic car, 20 color-coded tiles, 15 challenge cards and costs $ 125 (~ Rs 9,140). The classroom kit, on the other hand, includes resources for eight children and costs $ 1,199 (~ Rs 87,770). The company plans to ship the kits from September.