07 Jan Super cute little Elmo robot wants to teach kids to code
LAS VEGAS — Elmo’s coming to Sesame Street with a brand new set of wheels.
On Tuesday, WowWee showed off ELMOJI, its upcoming robotic collaboration with Sesame Workshop. It’s a teeny robot version of your favorite Sesame Street character, and its goal is to teach kids to code.
ELMOJI works alongside an app that WeeWow says will teach young children the basic foundations of coding through cute, visual Elmo emojis. As kids work their way through games, Elmoji moves around, reacts to stimuli and encourages their progress.
Though ELMOJI’s companion app is still in the development stage, a spokesperson tells Mashable that the product is likely to hit the market in late 2017, tentatively in September.
The product is just one of many in recent years that are geared toward childhood coding education. In July, Apple released Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app that teaches children to code. And in October, following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Technology Will Save Us launched the Mover Kit, a DIY wearable for kids.