Funding Friday: Mochi Robot
I’m a huge fan of toys and other things that can get young kids engaging in instructing machines what to do. I think that in the world these children are going to grow up into, that is going to be super important to them as adults.
And so toys like Mochi Robot are great for parents, teachers, and caregivers who want to provide that to their children.
I like this one. I might have chosen the name ‘Machi’ though (if no IP issue exists).Or, is Mochi an abbreviated portmanteau, of ‘move’ and ‘machine’?
Haha, thanks for the thought Jason! Daria from Mochi here ~The origin story of “Mochi” is actually much simpler. We wanted a child-friendly name that was (a) easy to pronounce with (b) fun, positive associations.In Japan, Mochi is a sweet rice-cake confectionary that comes in bright colors – often served as a treat to young kids. Similarly, we wanted our product to be a ‘treat’ for children — so they view learning as a fun, positivity-inspiring experience rather than a chore.But the kids won’t know until it’s too late and they’ve already fallen in love with learning! See what we did there? 😉
Mochi mochi! Knowledge of how to harness the predisposition of the young mind to learn requires careful consideration of what it is they are learning. If they imitate the machine they become like the machine. If they imitate each other they become like each other. Computing and society. Does it serve us, or do we come to serve it? Do we even become prisoners of computing? There have to be boundaries, and each of us need to be conscious of where they are.
Spot on, Jason. I couldn’t agree more. As parents, we built Mochi to lure our kids away from the screen with a hands-on alternative.At the end of the day, it’s all about high-quality interaction with others. How do we encourage socio-emotional growth + collaborative learning so they grow up to be engaged citizens with high empathy & a well-rounded understanding of ethics, complex social systems, and diverse subject matter?Mochi is our answer to that question in one product experience.
.Tuition check on its way. Great comment.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…