We recently caught up with Ramana Prasad, the CEO of Robotix Learning Solutions, a fast growing tech toy firm, with 2 successful crowd funding campaigns under their belt for their STEM learning product – Taco Playbits, Phiro (a smart robot teaching kids to code which raised $80k+) and with a crowd funding campaign live for Taco Robobricks at the time of writing:
TOY INDUSTRY JOURNAL: Hi Ramana, please can you tell us more about your background, how you got into this business & about your company?
RAMANA: I hold a B. Tech. degree from IIT Madras and two MS degrees in Engineering from the University of Cincinnati USA. I started my career with Intel in California, USA as a New Technology Development Engineer.
I now sit on the Governing Council of Centre for Innovation (CFI) IIT Madras, a Mentor of Change Atal Tinkering Lab NITI Aayog Govt of India, a member of the Governing Council of the International Catrobat Foundation, Graz University of Technology, Austria and Managing Trustee of 6 BVM Global Schools (CBSE) & 2 BVMi International Schools (IGCSE).
The mission of Robotix is to inspire the innovators of tomorrow…
Our company has a mission to inspire the next generation of innovators and creators, create robotics & coding education programmes and robots, for children to learn STEM and develop 21st century skills, such as problem solving, creative thinking, innovation, critical & analytical thinking, communication and collaboration. At Robotix, kids and teens build valuable S.T.E.M skills and 21st century skills. through personalized and interactive learning experience. Students experience learning from world class products and tools from MIT, USA, and other places like Korea, Japan and Europe. Programmes like Coding, Robotics, App development, and DIY activities will inspire kids to be inventors and creators and develop 21st century skills. Future jobs in the STEM field are the fastest growing and it’ll be crucial for our kids to be equipped with the right skills to be prepared for the future job market.
We take a big picture approach – we are living in exciting times set to witness the tipping point of a Digital Tsunami. It is predicted that in the next 15 years, Autonomous Electric vehicles, Data science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and shared economy business will all change the complete landscape in a way that will benefit Humanity and our planet.
With such major technological advancements on the anvil and the future looking so amazing, it is important for the next generation of children to possess the requisite thinking skills. Flip side is otherwise the digital divide will widen and leave countries & societies, culturally and economically weaker. These disruptive technologies will offer unparalleled opportunities for the next generation – your child !
We got into this STEM-Robotic toy market as we saw a big potential since we had the unique expertise & experience running private schools.
At Robotix we design products, curriculum and Play Learning experiences to equip children with 21st century skills – Making them future ready!
Our first product Phiro was launched by us in 2016 and is a screen free coding robot. Launched successfully and was funded on Kickstarter with over $80,000 pledged. Intel USA recognised Phiro as one of Americas Greatest Makers.
TOY INDUSTRY JOURNAL: Please can you tell us about Taco Playbits & your successful crowd funding on that product?
RAMANA: Playbits was launched and successfully funded on Indiegogo, and was selected as the BETT 2019 awards finalist.
Taco Playbits is now available for sale on www.robotixedu.com
TACO PLAYBITS is a A magical screen-free coding toy, equipping your child with skills needed for the changing World: Comprised of Screen Free connected devices viz smart Wand & coding Chips, the interactive STEM toy engages the Vision, Hearing & Touch senses akin to a Montessori approach.
Research from Tufts & MIT, shows that Tangible Coding for kids ages 3 to 8 is best developmentally and most age appropriate. Simply tap on the coding Chips with the Wand to begin your child’s magical journey of self learning, Learn ABC’s, Music, Coding, Math, Memory + Logic games etc.
We believe Taco Playbits is one of a kind and probably the first in the world:
- 100% Screen-Free | Hands-On Tactile Play
- Backed by patent pending Technology
- Learn in any language
- Infinite play opportunities
- Creating INVITATIONS TO PLAY
TOY INDUSTRY JOURNAL: Please can you tell us more about your new crowd funding campaign for your Taco Robobricks product?
RAMANA: Robobricks is now live on Indiegogo crowd funding platform!
Considering the big picture, our entire approach to designing Robobricks has been to create a toy for kids ages 4 to 9 which:
a. Enables kids to learn through Play, sharing their stories as they make their creations.
b. One which is easy to use, screen free & is tangible.
c, A block construction kit so kids can use their imagination and build their own creations.
We realised that the world was already filled with so many Lego, Duplo, Morphun etc. bricks and so we set a goal to be compatible to them. Other than that kids could make their own creations even with our smart blocks too.
d. Finally coding brings the creation to life.
We are the World’s first Screen Free Tangible coding toy compatible to Duplo, Morphun & Lego.
TOY INDUSTRY JOURNAL: Now looking a bit more broadly, please can you give us your thoughts on how you see the future looking for toys featuring robotic technologies, and how do you see your future role in that?
RAMANA: We see a very bright future for SMART & intelligent toys. Parents are a worried lot when it comes to kids having so much screen time. Rightfully so due to the inherent radiation of mobile phones and damage screens can do to tender eyes. Robotix will play an important role in the future of Smart robotic toys.
The first steps towards this, Robotix is looking out for international partners & distributors in North America, UK, Europe and Middle East to expand its global footprint. Robotix will soon be approaching potential investors with a plan for 10 million dollar funding.
TOY INDUSTRY JOURNAL: Finally, please can you tell us what your favourite toy was when you were a child yourself & why?
Growing up as a child in the 60’s & 70’s in India, most of the time we were outdoors playing with friends. From Cricket to Table Tennis, Football and climbing trees ! Indoors we made up our own games . These friendships last even today 55 years later.
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