This Mobile Play Structure Invites Children to Interact with Robots

By: Cadhla Gray - Sep 28, 2015
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MORPHs 2.0 is a robotic play structure that slowly moves around, encouraging children to experience robots from a young age. The object looks like a playground climbing structure, made up of connecting beams that reach up to be mounted. However, each beam extends and retracts so that it can smoothly roll around. Intriguing as well as safe, the structure stops moving when its sensors recognize that it is being touched or played with.

Built by Interactive Architecture Lab, the magical object is certainly inviting. Providing even more room for interaction, the spongy connectors can be squeezed to move the play structure in a specific direction. The robot also has a GPS system to ensure it doesn't roll out of a certain area and an alarm that activates when it is stolen or outside of its designated boundaries.

Inviting young children to learn about and feel comfortable around robots, the MORPHs 2.0 is part of a wider project to technologize the next generation of makers.