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ikids_Summer 2014 15 BOULDER, COLORADO The startup and venture capital scene in Boulder has grown significantly over the last two decades. In the last month, Boulder actually exceeded New York kidtech investing, reaching a total of nearly US$41 million in the last five years. Overall, Boulder is a thriving startup Mecca across many technology sec- tors, and the kidtech offerings based there are heavily focused on software, robotics and electronics kits, with honorable mentions including: Modular Robotics, a company that sells magnetic cube-like electronic parts that can easily be snapped together and programmed to build robots controlled by a mobile device or tablet. Modular Robotics is also a Carnegie Mellon business spinoff. Orbotix markets a popular program- mable electronic ball called Sphero, and the company's new product rollout called Ollie. Both Sphero and Ollie can also be controlled through a mobile phone or tablet and have a growing developer community that makes apps that interact with, and control, these robots. Artificial intelligence drives the Ubooly mobile phone or tablet friend that can talk to you, as well as listen to what you say. Ubooly comes complete with an accompanying cud- dly plush cover, as well as a growing list of stories, interactive activities and games. ATOMS, by startup Seamless Toy Com- pany, are one of the latest electronic con- struction kits that work with Lego, as well as many other construction toys. ATOMS can be controlled by a mobile device and vice versa. The founder of Seamless Toy Company holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon and MIT. While there are a number of venture capital firms that have helped grow Boulder businesses,

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