Pakistani Startup LearnObots Making Robotics Accessible Through 3D Printing
Robotics and 3D printing have huge potential for solving many local problems at low cost, yet these technologies are not common in Pakistan. Although a few techies from Karachi have introduced 3D printing, it is still not widely spread across the country. On the other hand, the word ‘robotics’ has been constrained to university level competitions or engineering courses only and it means nothing more than that.
Meet LearnObots, a startup from Islamabad combines robotics and 3D printing to give children joy of learning while playing with the 3D printed robotic kits. These robotic kit consists of 3D printed body parts, screws, sensors, circuits and a drag-and-drop programming software to help children not only build line-following and obstacle avoidance robots but also learn programming basics.
LearnObots came into existence last June when CEO Faisal Laghari discussed with co-founder Shamyl Bin Mansoor about a potential startup idea. Shamyl, at the time, was leading a research group, SMART Lab at NUST and had taught programming courses to students from different backgrounds such as Civil Engineers and Bio-Sciences students. His teaching experience with both tech-savvy students and first-time-computer users led him into suggesting this idea which could help children learn programming even before entering the university.
Both Faisal and Shamyl felt that there were no real educational toys available for children in the local market. Lego Mindstorms was an option but that was too expensive to be accessible for everyone. With Faisal’s business development experience from three previous startups including Meri Taleem and Shamyl’s research interest in educational robots, LearnObots had the right team in place to get a good start.
LearnObots 3D Printed Mobile Robots
LearnObots 3D Modelling Workshop here.