Dash and Dot

Introduction

Dash and Dot are a pair of robots made by Wonder Technologies aimed at introducing kids at young ages to robots and coding. 

dash and dot

Why use it? 

  • Child friendly and durable, with apps aimed at ages 5+ and 8+ 
  • Can be as simple as remote controlled to as complicated as programmed with blockly and using their multitude of sensors 
  • Lesson plans and teacher support available at https://teachers.makewonder.com/ 
Things You'll Need
  • Dot and/or Dash - Available from https://store.makewonder.com/

  • A tablet running Android 4.4.2 or newer, or an iPad 3 or newer or iPad mini

  • An internet connection (to download the apps)

  • Optional: A number of different physical add-ons for Dash and Dot, available from https://store.makewonder.com/ 

    dash and dot with add on

Steps
  1. 1

    Ensure your robot is charged using the included or a third party microusb cable.

  2. 2

    Install the Wonder app to your iPad or Android tablet. Optionally, install the Path, Blockly, Go, and Xylo apps as well.

    dash and dot icon

  3. 3

    Turn your robot on and connect it to your tablet using bluetooth.

    connect dash and dot to tablet via bluetooth

  4. 4

    Open up the Wonder app and select your connected robot. If this is the first time you’re using this robot, it will likely need an update. This may take up to 15 minutes.

  5. 5

    Play with your robot! The Wonder app includes a remote control for the robot, a Scroll Quest to learn how to use their coding language, and a free play section to make up your own programs. 

    square dance screen

Tips
  • Dash is mobile and has distance sensors on the front and back, a speaker and a microphone, 4 programmable buttons on top of its head, and has a sensor in front to detect Dot.

  • Dot is immobile, but it’s base can detach and it can be passed and rolled like a ball. It has 4 programmable buttons on top, a speaker and a microphone, it can detect Dash in front of it, and has an accelerometer to detect which way gravity is.

Warnings
  • Currently there is no way to change the volume of the robots, and no way to get them to stop talking when they’re bored besides shutting them off.

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