"Antbo’s unique DIY approach will provide kids with the perfect tools to help them gain a better understanding of robotics and programming from an early age."

Antbo, a buildable insect that helps kids grasp robotics, hits Indiegogo

Robotics firm DFRobot has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for its new buildable insect robot, Antbo.

Created to encourage children and teenagers to learn, discover and build in an interactive capacity, Antbo is equipped with a set of self-learning capabilities so it can analyse and understand its surroundings through user interaction for increased environmental awareness, and faster movement.

Additionally, DFRobot claims Antbo’s emotional functions allows it to develop a form of affection for its creator over time through the use of lighting and voice control.

“We want to encourage today’s youth to create and design by actually producing something they can use, teach and then learn from,” said Ricky Ye, CEO, DFRobot.

“We believe that Antbo’s collaborative features and unique DIY approach will provide kids with the perfect tools to help them gain a better understanding of robotics, machinery and programming from an early age."

The Antbo campaign is looking to raise $50,000 by May 20th and robots will ship to backers in autumn 2016.

Check out the campaign video below:

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