Obviously, the servos that are found in industrial motion control systems are not the same servos used in children’s toys. We work with the former, but with Christmas practically here, it’s hard not to think about the servos in toys. There are a lot of different toys that use servo motors. Some incorporate servos as a means of teaching, while others use servos out of necessity.
Servos can be built quite small and they are incredibly versatile, so they naturally make their way into all sorts of toys, gadgets, and various electronics. A remote control car, for example, might contain a servo motor, but RC cars aren’t really designed to teach a deeper understanding and appreciation for science and technology. They’re meant to entertain, go fast, and burn rubber.
There are, however, some toys that use servos to teach and promote learning. Not only is opening a toy robot on Christmas morning one of the coolest things you could hope for, but it could also kindle a passion for robotics and technology. It could also inspire interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.
Developing an interest in science, technology, engineering, or math could be advantageous for a child’s future. A toy hammer might instill a life-long love of carpentry and hand tools, but it won’t necessarily improve their stock in the future job market. Occupations in science and technology, such as robotics and electronics, are increasing in demand.
Over the years, the manufacturing industry has become increasingly automated. Thanks to cheaper prices, better technology, and the recent boom in robotics, industrial automation is now replacing human workers more rapidly than ever before. It’s not just manufacturing that is being automated, though. Robots are being built to replace the need for humans to do tedious tasks, meaning that there’s likely to be a shift in the job market in the near future. People are going to need more education in STEM subjects if they want to be qualified for jobs.
If you have looked into science and tech toys recently, you might be shocked at some of the things you can buy for kids these days. If you thought Erector Sets were cool, you’re in for a surprise.
- There are toy robotic arms similar to actual industrial robot arms found in manufacturing.
- There are build your own robot kits and build your own remote controlled car kits.
- Your child can have their very own brain-computer interface (BCI) headset.
- Smartphone compatible toys and app controlled robots.
- You can spend less than $5 to purchase an “autonomous micro robotic creature” for your child. We live in the future.
- You know how NASA sent a rover to Mars? Your child can have their very own robotic rover.