The Robotical team
Robotical Ltd aims to get children interested in programming and coding from an early age, with the help of Marty the Robot. Myles Bax from Robotical talked to BQ about why the company will be presenting Marty at this years’ Innovation Showcase at Venturefest Scotland.
Describe your business in no more than 100 words
Robotical Ltd is a robotics company that makes Marty the Robot, an educational robot toy. Marty is the ideal educational tool for kids to get inspired to program and code. Marty can walk, dance and play football. Furthermore, Marty is fully customisable and can become more sophisticated with add-ons such as a Raspberry Pi. Younger learners can use Scratch to create instructions for Marty, while older students can learn coding languages such as Python and C++. As a result, Marty the Robot offers a full learning progression for the next generation of roboticists and engineers!
What prompted you to enter the Innovation Showcase competition? Describe the innovation that you’ve entered the showcase with.
We are excited about our product, Marty the Robot, as we believe that Marty can be the friendly face for robotics – encouraging kids to learn all about STEM subjects and preparing them for a rapidly changing job landscape. Marty is innovative as the patent-pending walking motion requires fewer motors than other bi-pedal robots on the market – this reduces the cost of our open-sourced robot making robotics more accessible for all. We think that the innovation showcase competition is the ideal platform to show off Marty!
How would you describe that to a novice?
Marty is a unique, walking, real robot that is the price of a smart toy.
What are the biggest challenges you face?
Cashflow – as a hardware product we have significant manufacturing costs.
What are your biggest professional achievements to date?
Selling 1000 units during our crowdfunding campaign to 54 countries around the world.
How do you feel about exhibiting to potentially hundreds of people at Venturefest Scotland?
I would be delighted to.
Where do you see your company in five years’ time?
As a successful robotics company that has a number of educational tech products. In addition, perhaps branching in to other areas including service robotics.
What advice would you give to aspiring innovators?
Research what channels of support are available to you – and use them!