Tuesday, August 9, 2016
It has been time for Vengit to polish the rough edges from SBrick, specially on the Android app front, and add functionality to the overall solution (Firmware, App, Profile Designer).
While SBrick get matured and causes good impression/interest in the community, others have been demonstrating intent to develop their own SBrick like alternative prototypes via own Kickstarter campaigns, like BlueSmartControl and BuWizz or even quite different alternatives as RCBricks, with more or less success. So far only one of this terminated a KS campaign but without reaching its stretch goals.
Meanwhile SBrick continues to evolve with new features and options.
Option to replace the default plastic LBG case, with brand new colored cases (black, withe, red, yellow)
You can order them in packs of four of the same color or one of each color, for a small bargain at SBrick Store.
More Programming Options
Scratch was added to SBrick ecosystem and allows to deploy pre-programed actions to any SBrick powered LEGO model.
Scratch is a free-to-use education platform available for an increasing number of robotics solutions, which uses drag and drop method to teach kids the possibilities of programming and robotics. This opens a new world of possibilities for SBrick in Education programs, something that creators of SBrick envisioned when they first imagined it.
Scratch is developed and maintained by the Scratch Team at the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab.
Read more at SBrick Wiki and learn how to connect and program SBrick from your computer here, provided that you have an adequate BLE dongle. I've done it myself and can assure you it is really easy.
More (bigger) Market
Building-up on the possibilities offered by the recent SBrick compatibility with Scratch, Vengit is expanding their target market by creating their first "SBrick - Education Pack".
This pack has been designed around SBrick, a powerful remote control platform for LEGO, to teach programming to children aged as young as 7. Immersive lessons combine physical dexterity, mechanical thinking, programming fundamentals and robotics for a learning experience children love.
Each pack contains 20+ hours of lessons divided into short 40 minute activities, as well as the instructions needed to build 12 unique models. The pack also includes a teaching guide for educators.
Expected to be available by end of August, this pack is already available for pre-order from official SBrick Store.
And still more to come... Stay tuned!
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