Airblock Wins Design Award for Programmable Drone

Airblock, a modular, programmable drone from Chinese robotics startup Makeblock, was honored with a Red Dot Award for Product Design. Makeblock made the announcement at CeBIT, a excessive tech convention in Germany that highlights developments in synthetic intelligence, robotics, and digital actuality.

Makeblock is a STEM training and DIY robotics firm that efficiently raised over $800Okay for the tutorial drone on a Kickstarter marketing campaign final fall. They additionally introduced that they obtained a second Red Dot award for their Neuron, a programmable constructing blocks platform that teaches youngsters gadget-building.

“We are thrilled to have not one, but two, of our products chosen for this prestigious award,” mentioned founder & CEO of Makeblock, Jasen Wang. “With our design, our goal was to create a product that inspired open-ended creation without overwhelming the user. This recognition is especially an honor as the European market is key for us – these countries are some of the earliest adopters of new STEM education practices – which is why we decided to announce this at CeBIT this year. We’ve seen great traction in Europe already, with more than 6,000 schools integrating course materials based on Makeblock’s popular product, mBot. Makeblock kits into their curriculums. We are excited to continue expanding our business and creating more products geared towards STEM education to fulfill our ultimate vision of democratizing robotics and coding for all ages.”

The Red Dot Awards program obtain submissions from all over the world in 47 classes. A jury of consultants select the perfect merchandise of the 12 months. Makeblock’s Airblock was chosen as a winner within the Drones & Action Cameras class. The winners will probably be formally introduced on the Red Dot Gala on July three, 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award said, “The Red Dot winners are pursuing the right design strategy. They have recognised that good design and economic success go hand in hand. The award by the critical Red Dot jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy.”

Airblock started transport to Kickstarter backers earlier this month.

The timing of the announcement is nice information for Makeblock which obtained a $30M Series B spherical of funding earlier this month. The agency mentioned the funds could be utilized to worldwide enlargement and product growth. The funding spherical was led by Evolution Media China and Shenzhen Capital Group.

Makeblock is exhibiting on the principle present flooring in Hall 17, stand quantity A24 of CeBIT the place they are going to be showcasing a set of merchandise together with Airblock, Neuron, and different DIY robotics kits.

Here is a video of the Airblock courtesy of Makeblock.


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