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Entry-level programmer salaries can reach $80,000 and up, which could make hiring a professional out of reach if your company’s budget is tight. Why not tap into your rambling entrepreneurial spirit and try to learn to code yourself?
While this may not be a great long-term plan, it could point you in the right direction and prolong some costly overhead expenses. It might even be fun if you give it a whirl with a robotics kit. Petoi Bittle is a palm-sized programmable robot dog. You can use Scratch, C++, and Python to teach him to walk, run, and do tricks, and you might discover a hidden talent.
An accessible way to learn to code.
Petoi Bittle is suitable for adults or young learners. You can get it as a kit that you would have to put together or as a pre-assembled dog ready to program new tricks into it. If you’re considering your business working with hardware, it might be worth trying to assemble Bittle’s five-component system.
Completely new to coding? Scratch can be a great starting point. Once you figure this out, move on to C++ for more advanced commands before finally learning Python, the most popular coding language. While coding skills come naturally, you can speed things up with the AI by incorporating your own Raspberry Pi connection (not included with the kit).
Start learning to use Scratch, C++ and Python.
Whether you need to learn coding to take the next steps in your business, want to learn more about programming so you’re better informed when hiring a developer, or are looking for an activity to distract you from work, this Kickstarter-funded Programmable Dog deserves a second look. Get the Petoi Bittle DIY Robotics Kit for $329 or get the pre-assembled kit for $339.
Prices subject to change.