Ozobot, makers of tiny robots that help kids learn coding concepts, has been doing some pretty cool things with their Marvel partnership. At CES earlier this year, we saw Avengers skins for their larger Evo robot, complete with Marvel-themed games and challenges in their Stark Academy app. Well, there are a certain two movies hitting theaters this year, and Ozobot wasn’t unaware.
With Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 coming next weekend and Spider-Man: Homecoming swinging into theaters July 7, now’s the perfect time to introduce those characters to the world of Ozobots! This time, Ozobot’s original creations, the smaller Bit, is getting the honors with new skins for Groot, Rocket, Spider-Man, and Venom.
Bit, like the larger Evo, is a small rolling robot that can be programmed by kids — either to meet challenges or in free play. They’re both delightfully simple for beginners, too. The bots have sensor on the bottom that can detect color — kids can draw tracks and courses with different colored markers to make the robots do different things. Kids can assign patterns — red-green-red for example — to actions like spins, zigzags, or speed boosts. They’ll also be able to make use of some of the character voices and movements that can be unlocked using the Stark Academy app.
The new skins will be split into two packs — a Guardians pack and a Spider-Man pack. Each pack will contain two skins, the Ozobot Bit, and complimentary paper, markers, and stickers to help kids get started on building tracks and code for their robots. Each pack will cost $60, and they’ll both be available on July 14. Between now and then, Ozobot also plans to release new Marvel skins for the Evo bot, including Ultron, Black Widow, and Hulk.