Big enough to hold a youngster up to 80 lb and produce walking sounds during a pretend ride, this 3-ft tall pony has a number of motion and sound effects. Either touching or talking causes its head to move. With interaction, the ears and tail wiggle, the eyes blink and it also makes whinny and snorting sounds when given its carrot or groomed with its brush. Built-in light and sound sensors allow the pony to sense the environment around it. Analog circuitry activates the motors in the head, tail and eyes, as well as providing the amplification for the sound effects.
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
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