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17/05/2018

Pollen Robotics, learning how to code by creating robots

Learning how to code by creating robots: this is the promise of Pollen Robotics, the start-up originating from the Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest research centre. In order to democratise the digital sciences, Pollen Robotics designs robots that enable an understanding of programming and artificial intelligence in a fun and interactive way. 

The origins of Pollen Robotics

It all began six years ago with the "Poppy" project, an open source robotics platform based on 3D printing developed within the Flowers project team - a joint team between Inria and the graduate engineering school ENSTA ParisTech. In just a few months, the project brought together a community of several thousand Internet users. The concept was launched and thrived, so creating a start-up became a matter of course for Mathieu Lapeyre, Pierre Rouanet, Nicolas Rabault and Jonathan Grizou, four of the team's collaborators. Together they created Pollen Robotics in 2016.

We are convinced that robotics will fundamentally change the way in which we interact with the objects that move around us. We want to put people at the heart of this revolution, to enable them to understand and create this new robotic world.

That’s settled. The aim of Matthieu Lapeyre, CEO of Pollen Robotics, is to design simple, elegant and innovative products.

The Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest research centre is supporting the business creation project along with the Unitec technology hub. In addition, since its creation, Pollen Robotics has been collaborating with the Flowers project team, which provides the start-up with its expertise on learning path optimisation.

Programming serving education

Pollen Robotics develops educational robots to learn about programming and artificial intelligence. The robots come with educational activities which immerse students in a universe that is conducive to learning whilst also preparing them for the new 2021 baccalauréat. 
Each activity is developed jointly with secondary school and sixth form teachers with experience in educational robotics learning. The activities are tested in class and adapted to the programmes' requirements.

Pollen Robotics introduces us to Eddy, Handy and Ergo Jr 

Eddy, Handy and Ergo Jr are the three new robots developed by Pollen Robotics. They are operated using Scratch or Python and are made in France.

  • Eddyis based on the first ever robot in the world, Electric Dog. With his two eyes and two motorised wheels, Eddy is capable of detecting light and moving towards it. Moreover, Pollen Robotics has reproduced the Electric Dog robot for the new permanent exhibition at the Palais de la Découverte in Paris, entitled "Computer science and the digital sciences".
  • Handy is an articulated hand capable of performing precise movements. It makes it possible to learn programming around the theme of gestural communication and sign language.
  • Ergo Jr is one of the "Poppy" project's benchmark robots. It is already being used by thousands of students and teachers. It can dance, manipulate objects, throw balls and stimulate the inventiveness of the user.

 You can find the Pollen Robotics team

Keywords: Education Start-up Robot Poppy

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