Futuristic Meccano models blend toys with technology to create kids' ultimate robot companion

A pair of new products from childrens model company Meccano are set to further blur the line between toys and technology. MeccaSpider and M.A.X. were both on display at Londons Toy Fair trade show in Kensington and will be hitting shelves at the end of the summer, just2020第95期跑狗图图片资料 in time for the Christmas build-up. The MeccaSpider is a relatively familiar-looking toy that

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M.A.X. model is something akin to a build-it-yourself robotic companion. The face doubles as a display for gaming and, like many toys, it will evolve over time to forge a relationship with the child that owns it. Rather than simply recite canned responses, the M.A.X. robot will retain information and ask leading questions designed to draw responses from the child. Both toys reflect Me

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on promoting robotics and STEM education through kids toys. Both models use Bluetooth to connect to companion apps on both iOS and Android. The app opens up the ability for kids to experiment with drag and drop programming. Its a simple way to send commands (such as move forward or backwards) to the models. Of course, not every child has access to a Bluetooth device, so there are remote controls on the back of both models, explained Geoff Oliver from Meccano during a demonstration of the two machines. Read MoreRelated ArticlesChild hacks into sleeping mums iPhone with simple but terrifying trick The M.A.X. robot These models both have about an hour-and-a-halfs build time. The idea is that a child can get one of these on their birthday and build it that same afternoon, he told Mirror Online at the Toy Fair. M.A.X. particularly is an example of what we call social robotics, he said. The models are made of a polycarbonate plastic for durability and safety. And while Mr. Oliver admits they will need to receive periodic firmware updates, the models themselves are fully closed systems for safety reasons. Both models are set to go on sale on August 1. MeccaSpider will be priced at 99.99 while M.A.X. will come in at 149.99. poll loadingShould all children be taught computer programming at school?0+ VOTES SO FARYESNO