Create and program app-controlled toys and inventions

15 December 2015

Newbury Electronics is working with Tio on the development of PCBs for inclusion in a new invention platform for budding electrical engineers and inventors.

With the new Tio kit, budding electrical engineers and inventors are able to quickly and easily create, control and program toys using everyday objects, the number and variety of which are only limited by the user’s imagination.

Peter Spence, co-founder of Tio, explained the PCB is key to the product as it powers, animates and allows the user to control and program the hardware. 

The Tio team, with help from the team at Newbury Electronics, now have a works-like-looks-like prototype and a clear and reliable manufacturing plan. They are in the final stages of securing seed funding to make these a reality and plan to start accepting pre-orders on Kickstarter early next year, with a full scale launch of the product in the spring.

Philip King, MD at Newbury Electronics, said encouraging youngsters to have a go at programming and electronics is key for the future success of the electronics and engineering industry in the UK. Tio may be the spark that inspires the inventors of the future. When you are learning anything as a youngster, be it music, sport or baking it doesn't always go right first time and it is the same with electronics, but with Tio young inventors will learn from their mistakes and have fun producing something that they can relate to, be that a cardboard buggy, a cake delivery system or a flapping butterfly.

The kit will comprise a custom PCB with the capacity to provide instructions for motion, light and power and once completed the finished item will be controlled by a simple iOS or Android app. At the company's website, there are many examples of toys and inventions powered by Tio and the opportunity to sign up to be amongst the first to buy the kit. 

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