The Mover Kit: A Wearable Kids Make & Code Themselves

May 25 10:46 2016 Print This Article

(EE TIMES) – In addition to being an ideal toy to get kids up and moving and doing “stuff,” it’s also a wearable that’s designed to take full advantage of their imaginations.

I find it strange (verging on suspicious) how synchronicity seems to pop up all over the place in my life these days. Just yesterday evening, for example, my wife (Gina the Gorgeous) and I were chatting about how we used to spend so much time playing outside when we were kids — running around, riding our bikes, climbing trees, falling out of trees — and how we worry that the youngsters of today are spending too much time indoors “socializing” in the form of text messaging and playing online games.

And then, today, I hear about a couple called Daniel and Bethany who are the founders of Technology Will Save Us (TechWillSaveUs.com). The reason I mention this here is that Daniel and Bethany have a very interesting Mover Kit Kickstarter Project, which has already well-exceeded it’s $50,000 goal and — at the time of this writing — they still have 23 days to go.

All I can say is that I think the Mover Kit is a brilliant idea. It includes a round circuit board, rechargeable battery, case, lanyard, and wrist snap-band. The board features eight tri-colored LEDs, a pushbutton switch, a motion sensor (accelerometer) and a compass (magnetometer). It works out of the box — after the kid has “built it” (clipped it all together) — but kids can also use the supplied USB-micro cable to connect the device up to a host computer to create their own games.

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