The Smartibots started getting on planes out of Hong Kong around January 29th. Word came in of bots arriving and being built in Thailand and Israel on the 31st. The first sightings of a Smartibots on social media were in Switzerland and the Netherlands on February 2nd:
Today I received my #smartibot from @CraftyRobot! An easy to build #robot from #cardboard, using my #smartphone as a remote and trying to get around the #ArtificialIntelligence of the little guy 🤖 pic.twitter.com/f5gZzwdRE5— Timo Bravo Rebolledo (@TBravoRebolledo) February 2, 2019
It was awesome to see Knolling straight off the bat.
The first sighting of Smartibots here in the UK was in London on February 4th from the very kind Pete Trainor:
Best Monday morning of 2019 so far... magic arrived through my door from the epic @rossatkin with his #SmartiBot kit. One for me (ok, my kids!) and the other for their school. Clever man. Very clever man. Congratulations! Big love. #Ai #Bot #Making pic.twitter.com/hMwAgshHyc— þete TrΛinor (@petetrainor) February 4, 2019
Next we started hearing from the teachers. It's great to see so many educators excited about what they will be able to do with Smartibot:
Smartibots also started appearing in Makerspaces, which was very exciting because it means lots of people will get to play with them:
It was magnificent to see some Smartibots getting built:
And even better to see them exploring the world and meeting new friends:
I just received my #smartibot from the @CraftyRobot today. The unicorn cardboard skin that came with it is cute and cat approved. Don’t let my hesitant one-handed controlling fool you, it is a very fast little robot! Now I’ll have to decide what to build next. pic.twitter.com/YnbHX0hAEh— Cecilia Hillway (@ceciliahillway) February 7, 2019
Best of all was seeing people learning from Smartibot in exactly the way we had hoped when we stared the project:
We find ourselves exploring the wonderful discovery of [nothing] #AI on #SID2019.— Claire (@cgarside) February 5, 2019
Decision making, human values, bias and the family cat with @rossatkin's #SmartiBot #Papert https://t.co/kWMFd6neuE pic.twitter.com/zLcmXVQSDL
Not to mention our delight at seeing Smartibots already making themselves useful
We are really excited to see more of what you are up to with your Smartibots so please keep the posts coming and do tag #Smartibot and @CraftyRobot (twitter) or @thecraftyrobot (insta) so we see them. Thank you so much!