Sony’s all-in-one coding, robotics, and design kit is heading to the US.After releasing the Koov STEM learning toy in Japan earlier this year, the company is testing American waters with a new crowdfunding campaign.A modular system that helps creators of all ages (but mostly children) bring their imagination to life, Koov echoes Lego Mindstorms’ programmable robotics construction set. Which, like Sony’s new merchandise, is relatively simple to use but can produce incredibly complex designs.Seven kinds of translucent blocks can be assembled into any shape, which is controlled like a robot. Sony’s Scratch-like drag-and-drop coding system makes it easy for kids to learn and create; Koov automates finished instructions for the digital blocks to follow.via Sony Electronics“We believe that engaging educational materials for robotics and programming will play a major role in cultivating STEM literacy and nurturing the next generation of creative problem solvers,” the Indiegogo project page said. “That is why we built Koov—on the belief that STEM learning tools should be accessible to all children.”Interested customers can snag the starter kit—with core micro controller, 172 blocks and accessories, 15 electronic parts, and 14 robot recipes—for a special early-bird price of $287. The advanced kit—with additional blocks, parts, and directions—is discounted to $399.The kit is Sony’s first offering under the Global Education branch’s STEM101 curriculum, developed as an “innovative way” to teach science, technology, engineering, and math in primary schools around the world.via Sony Electronics“As rapid changes in technology and the climate give rise to an increasingly complicated modern society, more and more problems are turning into truly global issues,” Sony Global Education said last year. “These problems demand solutions, and knowledge alone cannot solve them.“Rather, the ability to utilize one’s knowledge to work through a problem and come up with a solution is what is key, perhaps more so than ever,” the company added.Since its Monday launch on Indiegogo, Koov has collected more than $21,500—well on its way to reaching the $100,000 fixed goal. Customers have one month left to pre-order the kit, expected to ship this November.Let us know how we’re doing Stay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket
Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Stay on target Outside of the disastrous Pokémon Go Live event, there hasn’t been much in the way of news about Niantic’s extremely profitable mobile game. Today, something was revealed that should make those still playing the title very happy.The latest patch for Pokémon Go didn’t exactly add much to last summer’s hit game. On the surface, at least. A collection of Pokémon Go trainers calling themselves The Siph Road dove into the patch’s data and discovered something special. Namely, the names of all 135 gen 3 Pokémon species.As pointed out by Kotaku, this also happened just before the release of Gen 2 Pokémon. As is likely the case here, data for each creature was added weeks before the new species became available. Though all 135 gen 3 Pokémon are in the game, there is no audio data or move sets for any of them. However, since the data is already in Pokémon Go, it is only a matter of time before the creatures are rolled out.The Siph Road also discovered other upcoming features. These include an update to the Raid system that will support an upcoming exclusive Raid mechanic, a new “super” incubator to hatch eggs faster, and some minor bug fixes. It is likely we’ll see these features go live around the same time the gen 3 Pokémon begin to show up.Including Gen 3 Pokémon into Pokémon Go should go a long way to restoring life into the once-popular title. There are many fans of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire (where these Pokémon originated), so I’m sure they will jump on board when this update goes live. With this update, there will be 380+ Pokémon in the game. New folks who are just starting out will have a ton of creatures to find and capture. Hopefully, Niantic’s servers can handle the sudden influx of people when this update goes live.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.