Download the free, new version of Tickle app that adds lots more robots including LEGO: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1063639403
"Fantastic. Program multiple robots, drones, and smart-toys, using a familiar interface." – Code.org
Tickle is "the most awesome blocks programming environment for iPad". Program drones to flip in mid-air, robots to move through mazes, and Star Wars BB-8 Droid to guard the galaxy! You can even program Arduino wirelessly and build custom robots.
+ “There are a lot of games and puzzles now that promise to teach kids how to code, but Tickle stands out.” – TechCrunch
+ "'School is SO fun.' Thanks @tickleapp for teaching us to fly!" – Hillcrest Elementary
+ "Unquestionably the best experience for programming Sphero. Lots of fun." – @ECiardelli, Math and Learning Resource Teacher.
+ "The most awesome blocks programming environment for iPad." – @moenig, Lead Developer of Snap! (UC Berkeley's Computer Science course CS10).
+ "Seriously loving the amazing new @tickleapp for iPad. Drag and drop programming for real-world objects like @Sphero" – Adam Bellow, Author and Educational Technologist.
Tickle is the world's first app that enables anyone to program an air drone. It's also the world's first visual programming app for the Star Wars BB-8 Droid, Sphero (SPRK) robotic ball, Ollie 2-wheeled robot, Parrot Rolling Spider, Airborne, and Jumping Sumo mini drones, Arduino LightBlue Bean, Philips Hue smart home lighting system, and Dash and Dot by Wonder Workshop – all wirelessly from your iPad. You can also program interactive stories and games using our library of animated characters and sounds.
All the devices, Arduino, and virtual characters work seamlessly with each other. For example, you can use Sphero like a Wii controller to fly a drone. Makers, makerspaces, and makerfaires around the world are empowered by Tickle to interactively and wirelessly program Arduino.
Tickle is easy to learn, yet incredibly powerful. Learn to code the same way as the introductory Computer Science courses at Harvard and UC Berkeley. If you've used Sphero MacroLab, orbBasic, Scratch, Pyonkee, Hopscotch, Tynker, Blockly, and Hour of Code, you'll fall in LOVE with Tickle!
Tickle Robotics Edition is inspired by visual programming languages like Scratch from MIT, Alice from CMU, Blockly from Google, and ScratchJr from Tufts/MIT. It is generously supported by awesome Kickstarter backers.
New Tickle App for School Edition. Full Access to all 20+ best smart toys - Sphero, MiPosaur, Mibro:bit, Sumo, mini drones, Arduino LightBlue Bean, and Dash & Dot.
Ratings and Reviews
Excellent basic application
I use it to program our new Sphero BB 8. You need to use the original spehero bb 8 app to activate to robot, but once connected, you can go to Tickle and use the initial program and then develop others with a decent degree of complexity. Good interface, easy to use and very fast. Good starting point to lear to program with blocks.
killed my rolling spider
overall, I loved the look and feel of the app, but it does not communicate with the rolling spider drone correctly. the developers of the app obviously had no idea how the parrot drone works. the app will put your spider into indoor/wheel mode by default and gives no choice. it screws up stability and limits settings, etc. if you run tickle on your rolling spider, beware. major problems, and the app doesnt work anyway, theres delays etc between 'commands', and tickle does not properly destruct command objects for the spider if theyve been overridden by a new command before the previous one was done (the only way to micromanage the drone using tickle)
Also, could not run this app offline. thats two thumbs down right there.
Great app, but download v3.1 instead
It turns out this version (v2.5) does not work with the iPhone 6s. There is another version (v3.1) available in the App Store from Tickle Labs, which works on iPhone 6s. There's a direct link to it from their home page - I had difficulty finding it in an App Store search.
This is a cool app for both adults and kids who are interested in robots and programming. Just make sure you get the right version for your device.
- Tickle Labs, Inc.
- 437.4 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Danish, Dutch, French, Japanese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Tickle Labs, Inc.
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