Sony releases programmable Toio cube robots for children in March




Sony makes its Toio system for children available in Japan on March 20. The system consists of small moving cube-shaped robots with controllers in the form of a large ring. The cubes can work together, among other things.

In the video accompanying the announcement, Sony shows, among other things, that the intention is for children to stick the cubes with paper decoration or tools. A Toio- set consists of two cubes of 32x32mm, a console in which the robots can be charged and cartridges can be inserted and two rings, to operate the robots. The robots have RGB lighting, three-axis gyroscope, a piezoelectric loudspeaker and wheels at the bottom.

There is also a mat on which the robots can determine their position thanks to sensors, so that they can work together or compete with each other. The ring-shaped controller can be operated with a single hand, multiple hands or on the wrist and contains acceleration sensors. Part of the system is a development environment with which children can program movements. The cartridges provide various applications.

Sony sells the set in home country Japan from 20 March for 16.980 yen, which is converted and with VAT 165 , 55 euros. Whether Toio is available outside of Japen is not yet known, but there is already an English-language site with explanations.

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