announced that Swift Playgrounds,
its iPad app
aimed at making learning how to code interactive and fun, will be
able to program and control robots, drones, musical instruments,
and other toys when the latest version of the app is released at
Developers Conference next week.
Swift Playgrounds version 1.5, set to be released on June 5,
will support several popular Bluetooth-enabled devices,
LEGO’s MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robot, Sphero’s
SPRK+ robotic ball and BB-8 droid,
UBTECH’s Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit, Dash by Wonder Workshop,
Parrot drones, and other toys.
“More than 1 million kids and adults from around the world are
already using Swift Playgrounds to learn the fundamentals of
coding with Swift in a fun and interactive way,” said Craig
Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software
Engineering. “Now they can instantly see the code they create
and directly control their favorite robots, drones and
instruments through Swift Playgrounds. It’s an incredibly
exciting and powerful way to learn.”
Apple invited a small group of reporters to its
Cupertino headquarters to demo the functionality, including
Engadget, which put together a brief video showing off
the programmable toys in action.
Swift Playgrounds requires no coding knowledge to begin with.
Kids and adults alike learn how to code by completing a
collection of coding lessons and challenges, and the ability to
program and control robots, drones, and musical instruments will
make it all the more fun. The app uses Apple’s own programming