Root is a little mobile robot designed to teach kids logic and coding skills. It draws, plays music, lights up, and can drive on metal-backed whiteboards with the help of magnets in its belly.
Did you know?
When Root drives on a whiteboard using its magnets, it relies on sensors and corrective algorithms to compensate for gravity.
The idea for Root was formed when co-founders Zee Dubrovsky, Raphael Cherney, and Harvard University computer science Professor Radhika Nagpal were working together at Harvard’s Wyss Institute. After successfully piloting and refining Root in homes and classrooms, Root Robotics successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign, which received support from over 1,800 backers. The company then raised capital from investors and secured a worldwide licensing agreement with Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development for exclusive use of Root's technology and its unique programming interface. The company, based in Cambridge, Mass., was acquired by iRobot in 2019. The following year, iRobot launched a new version of the robot, Root rt0.