This Bionic Robot Dog Is a Good Pet for STEM Lovers

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Owning a pet can be one of life’s most valuable possessions, but there’s no denying it’s hard work. Animals need feeding, comfort, exercise – the examples go on. But, there is. One example is Petoi’s line of robotic pets, which requires little coding knowledge to implement. The company’s latest dog model is a great way to give you and your child’s STEM skills a great way to just divert their demands from a real-life dog.

Welcome the palm-sized robot dog Bittle into your home for hours of educational entertainment. Feeling dodgy? You can buy a basic build kit for $299. , makes an excellent gift for kids who aren’t quite ready to dive into construction. Suitable for ages 14 and up (and younger children with parental supervision), this quadruped robot offers an adorable way to improve your programming skills.

Whether you have some programming experience or learn as you go, Petoi offers a variety of ways to bring Bittle to life. Successfully funded on Kickstarter, this kit comes with a custom Arduino board that coordinates all the movements of the bionic dog. It’s also open source, so you can teach it skills by installing a Raspberry Pi or other AI chip and using Scratch, C++, and Python.

Once you build Bittle, you can control it through the Petoi desktop and mobile apps. Unlike many bionic devices, this puppy features legs rather than wheels, so it can navigate rough terrain without tripping. With its lithium-ion battery, you can even program your dongle to perform tricks and walk around for up to an hour per charge.

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