Build and Control Your Own Pet Robot Ant

Andrew LaSane

The Antbo is a pro at pulling double duty. As reported by The Verge, the robot toy is both a responsive high-tech pet—shaped like a large ant—and a tool for introducing users to the possibilities of robotics and computer programming. 

According to the Indiegogo campaign currently underway, the device features six legs and two antennae on its head, which houses the light, distance, stereo sound, and touch sensors. The battery-powered Antbo, which weighs in at less than half a pound, learns from playing, can be controlled by voice, and also has emotional responses to certain scenarios—like trembling, glancing from side to side—just like a real pet. (Check out the video above to see it in action.)

The $59 device also features pre-programmed controls that let children draw lines with mobile programming app WhenDo for the robot to follow as well as several available sensor modules that let more seasoned builders upgrade their models and teach Antbo to do more complex tasks. 

The developers of Antbo still have a month left to reach their $50,000 goal. If you want one for yourself, head over to Indiegogo.

[h/t The Verge]

Images via Indiegogo