Curio is an interactive animatronic toy you can program and play with (hands-on)

Blog sponsored by Engadget.com 22.11.2013 Comments Off on Curio is an interactive animatronic toy you can program and play with (hands-on)

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It’s always nice to have a little buddy around that’s trained to do what you want it to. Some of us get dogs or other furry creatures, but a start-up called Curio is hoping there’s a good chunk of folks who would like to have a robotic companion, too. You see, Curio is a cute little bot platform filled with a pair of motors that move its mouth and head, and has a small LCD screen that serves as its face. The toy clips to any smartphone or tablet running the associated app, which in turn allows users to set its facial expression, determine its movements and even tell it what to say.

While the app will come with a bunch of pre-set actions, expressions and sounds, its makers are also working up a programming portion of the app, so tinkerers can create their own custom Curio mods. This programming interface is a series of parallel timelines that allow you to chronologically lay out different facial expressions, movements and audio simply by dragging and dropping them where you like. And Curio’s built to be physically customized, too. Company founder Mike Kneupfel thinks that his bots can take advantage of the 3D printing craze by letting folks make their own tails, ears, and other accessories that clip onto Curio. He tells us that he aims to put a bunch of accessory blueprints on MakerBot’s Thingiverse to make it easy for folks to print stuff out, but he’s hoping that users will get creative and design their own as well.

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