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Robots with playful artificial intelligence

 

bots_alive turns remote-controlled Hexbug® Spiders into playful, smart, and autonomous creatures

 

 
 

Playful immersion in advanced STEM

 

The curiosity-driven play of bots_alive aims to build a passion in children for human-centered design, technology, engineering, and math. 

While other robot products on the market aim to teach children to code, bots_alive strives to inspire.

 

How does it work?

 

It all started at the MIT Media Lab with a goal to create robots whose behavior appears more alive than any other machine you've even interacted with.

 
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Artificial Intelligence

Robot creatures controlled by a new, more lifelike kind of character artificial intelligence.

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Computer Vision

Your phone's camera sees the bots and nearby vision blocks.

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Augmented Reality

The world as the robot sees it, shown on your phone.

What can they do?

 

bots_alive turns remote-controlled Hexbug® Spiders into playful, smart, and autonomous creatures

 
BeAutonomous

Be Autonomous

Your own robot scampering around, making its own decisions.

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2 Bots Play

One kit for two robots! They’ll play together and compete.

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Learn & Grow

Its personality and skills will change with interaction.

What's in the kit?

 

Coupled with your Hexbug® Spider and smartphone, the kit includes everything you'll need to bring your robot creature to life. 

 
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Vision Blocks & Markers

A decal for the Hexbug® Spider and vision blocks to build obstacle courses with.

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IR Blaster

Gives your phone to control of the Hexbug® Spiders.

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Companion App

Your guide for playing with the robot. iOS and Android compatible.

 

About us

bots_alive's vision is to develop simple, animal-like robots that seem alive. Our first product brings robots alive through a combination of your smartphone, a Hexbug® Spider (made by Innovation First International), and our      bots_alive kit.

We are based in Austin and are led by Dr. Bradley Knox, who researched human-robot interaction and artificial intelligence at the MIT Media Lab and at UT Austin after studying psychology at Texas A&M. bots_alive is supported by a National Science Foundation SBIR grant.

 

Recent Press

 

...could be the most fulfilling $35 you’ve ever spent on a robot.
— Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum
...watch your Hexbug Spider come to life in a very organic manner and then try to work its way out of the various mazes and obstacles you created.
— Dan Nessel, Huffington Post
...lifelike behavior through a simple and elegant modification of a popular existing robot... simple pieces makes less-than-simple play.
— Devin Coldwey, Techcrunch