Technology Will Save Us Mover Kit
Last night my daughter went to sleep with a little pulsing light on her bedside table. An hour earlier she had assembled it from a kit. Tonight she programmed it to look like a Pokeball, and to flash and swirl in response to different motions.
The clever people at Technology Will Save Us have made it their business to reinvent the educational toy, combining simple science, smart electronics and an artist’s eye for design to produce hugely compelling products. My kids are already a fan of their ‘Electro Dough’ kit, and so they were excited when I pulled the Mover kit from my backpack.
Design for life
Design is really the key to the Mover’s success. From the moment you open the packaging, every step is laid out before you in intuitive fashion. The Mover itself combines two circuit boards and a battery inside a moulded plastic case, held shut with a simple rubber catch. The top board features a ring of lights, a motion sensor, and a switch. The lower board has the control electronics and a micro USB port for charging and programming.
Inside the pack there is a pair of wrist straps and a pendant, a USB cable and super-clear instructions for putting the unit together. But the real magic starts when you open up the Technology Will Save Us website and start programming. This couldn’t be simpler, with a Scratch-like interface that was totally familiar to my kids, and a series of pre-made projects combining hardware and software mods — like the Pokeball.
Last night my daughter wanted to take the Mover to bed with her. Tonight she didn’t want to go to bed, but to keep on trying new projects. That’s pretty much the best review anyone could offer. The Mover kit is £49, but as a practical — and beautifully-designed — introduction to programming hardware, that seems reasonable.