Korean coders order Scottish educational robots
Marty the Robot is designed to educate the next generation of engineers and scientists by letting them get hands on experience with their very own walking robot.
The robot, which was recently named a finalist in Made in Scotland Awards, has now received a sizable order from the Wise Club in South Korea.
The club, headquartered in Seoul, has 50 offices and over 1,000 contracted teachers who work across the country. It has ordered over 2,000 Marty the Robots to assist with teaching its students to code.
"The contract with the Wise Club is very exciting for us, and we're looking forward to developing our ongoing partnership,” said Myles Bax, Business Development at Robotical.
“The initial order will be used to demonstrate what Marty can do and then Wise Club will be developing coding classes using Marty."
Robotical recently raised its first round of seed funding, securing investment totalling £285,000. Investors include Rob Dobson, Gareth Williams from SkyScanner and Professor David Lane from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics.
The investment has increased production, giving the product more accessible distribution including Amazon.
"We have had an excellent response to Marty since the launch,” said Robotical founder, Dr Alexander Enoch.
“Being named a finalist in the Made in Scotland Awards is just further evidence that hopefully what we are doing is making a difference in educating the next generation of coders and engineers. “
"Marty the Robot is all about taking the technology I used during my PhD in robotics, and making it accessible. I'm happy we're able to offer Marty more widely, and give more young people a chance to get some hands on experience of physical computing and robotics.”
“I really hope we'll inspire a few to consider STEM careers, as well as encouraging those who are already engaged to progress faster."