Programmable Crickets, known commercially as PicoCrickets, are robotic toys in the form of programmable bricks. They are used to construct artistic projects.
Crickets were developed at
MIT Media Lab, and were launched commercially in Toronto in 2006. BusinessWeek, Sep 7, 2006 "Invasion of the DIY Robots" by Jessie Scanlon. [http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/sep2006/id20060907_525435.htm?campaign_id=bier_inns.g3a.rssd5 Online edition] retrieved on October 18, 2007.]
Playful Invention Company (PICO) was formed with financial support from
Lego Group, the Danish construction toy manufacturer, to commercialize the toy. As of 2008, PICO is based in Montreal, and also markets a toy for use with the Scratch programming language, another MIT Media Lab development. [Cite web
publisher=Playful Invention Company
* [http://picocricket.com PicoCricket] commercial site
* [http://llk.media.mit.edu/projects.php?id=1942 Crickets at Lifelong Kindergarten] , MIT Media Lab research group
* MIT Spectrum, Winter 1998 [http://web.mit.edu/afs/athena.mit.edu/org/g/giving/spectrum/winter98/toys.html "Smart Toys - Mitch Resnick builds a toy chest of learning tools"] .
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