Dash is a small mobile robot that is full of character and drives around making noises and shining lights. Dot is its sidekick, and it, too, is full of character. The robots help kids learn the basics of robotics and coding at home or in classroom settings.
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Dot can be programmed via Blockly to become an alarm, play tag, or even control Dash.
The first Dash and Dot prototypes were created in 2012 by Wonder Workshop (then called Play-i), a Silicon Valley startup founded by Vikas Gupta, Saurabh Gupta, and Mikal Greaves, who had previously worked at Google, Apple, and Symantec. After a successful crowdsourcing campaign, the company began to commercialize Dash and Dot, focusing on the educational market. The idea was teaching kids coding, math, and problem solving by letting them play with the robots using tablet-based visual programming apps and games. Now headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., with offices around the globe, Wonder Workshop says its robots are used in 20,000 schools in over 43 countries.