A new open source robotic kit called Nybble allows you to build “the most beautiful robot kitten in the world”, whose movements can be easily programmed. Pittsburgh scientist Dr. Ronjun Lee and his team say the cat is a completely new approach to teaching the discipline. The project began as a Lee hobby while he taught computer science at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. The original idea was to create simple electronic models and programs that could reproduce the movements of a domestic cat. “At first we had OpenCat, and I just played and studied,” says Lee, “Cats are masters of physics. I wanted to try to reproduce their movements. ” After telling about his work on YouTube, the specialist received many requests for consumer robots and decided to turn his hobby into a business. After launching the project on a crowdfunding platform, Lee raised all the necessary funds for the week. Kits can be purchased on the Indiegogo page, and the starter kit costs $ 200. On sale sets will appear in the spring of 2019 at a price of $ 245. Kit includes plywood kit parts, NyBoard V0 micro-controller, ATmega328P chip (same in Arduino Uno), servos and touch sensors. The company noted that most likely with the help of the kit it will be possible to collect other animals. And if desired, the “brain” of the device may consist of a Raspberry Pi microcomputer. The author of the gadget notes that as a teacher he wants to develop a learning tool that can be applied to a wide range of mathematical and engineering skills. Assembling a cat and connecting it teaches basic engineering skills that even high school students can do, while teaching cat movements in Python will develop programming skills. The developer promises that the basic source code will remain open, which means that more advanced programmers can increase the functionality of the cat robot. While the cat is Nybble walking, dancing, various tricks and landing on its paws.