Toy Industry Association Names Wonder Workshop’s Dash and Dot Robots Top Tech Toy Finalists Ahead of Holiday Gift Season

Dash and Dot Robots Nominated for Prestigious TIA Award for 2017

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced that Wonder
Workshop’s Dash and Dot robots are finalists in this year’s prestigious
Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Dash and Dot, the fun, programmable
robots that bring the magic of coding to life through play, have been
nominated for the top Tech Toy of 2017. The winners will be announced at
the annual awards ceremony held on February 17, 2017.

Dash and Dot are designed to help kids, ages 6-12, develop early
programming skills through freeform play and hundreds of challenges,
puzzles, and engaging interactions. Since 2015, the smart robots have
gained tremendous popularity and are now used by over 8,500 schools
worldwide and 5,100 robotics clubs to delight children and help them
develop valuable skills for the future. The 5 free tablet and smartphone
applications address different skill levels and provide a computer
science growth path for years to come.

“At Wonder Workshop, we are committed to improving children’s education
and providing fun new ways for kids to get excited about STEM, coding,
and robotics,” said Vikas Gupta, chief executive officer and co-founder
of Wonder Workshop. “TIA’s prestigious award highlights the importance
of innovation in the toy industry and the value of combining play and
learning in compelling new ways. We are honored to be recognized by the
Association.”

This year’s finalists were selected from over 700 nominees submitted by
over 250 companies. The winners of the TOTY Awards will be selected by
ballots cast by consumers, mass and specialty toy retailers, media and
TIA members. To vote for Wonder Workshop’s Dash and Dot robots, visit www.ToyAwards.org
now through January 15, 2017.

Wonder Workshop’s TOTY finalists can be found at www.dashtherobot.com
and include:

  • Dash: Dash is a child’s first robot friend. Packed with
    personality, sensors, and advanced robotics technology, Dash races,
    dances, sings, and even responds to voice. With our mobile apps, Path,
    Go, Blockly and Wonder, Dash transforms into a responsive robot,
    interactive pet, or friendly coding companion. (MSRP: $149.99)
  • Dot: Dot is Dash’s companion and a brainy little robot on its
    own. Using the apps Blockly and Wonder, kids can code Dot to become a
    lively alarm-bot, a blinking nightlight, or even a funny fitness
    device. With lights, sounds, sensors, accelerometer, microphone, and a
    robot brain, Dot can be any gadget or game a kid can imagine. (MSRP
    $49.99)

Availability

Wonder Workshop’s Dash and Dot robots are sold in six major retailers in
the U.S. and Canada including Apple stores, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy,
Target, Toys R Us and Amazon, and www.dashtherobot.com.
Dash and Dot work with a suite of free apps for iOS, Android, or Amazon
Fire devices.

About Wonder Workshop

Wonder Workshop was founded in 2012 by Vikas Gupta, Saurabh Gupta and
Mikal Greaves, a team of inventors, designers, programmers and parents
sharing a mission to make coding a new creative tool that is accessible
for children from age six and up. Today, Dash and Dot are used in more
than 8,500 elementary school classrooms around the world, and children
in more than 57 countries are using Wonder Workshop to ignite curiosity
and confidence through play while learning essential 21st century
skills. Learn more about the San Mateo, CA-based company by visiting https://www.makewonder.com/.

About the Toy Industry Association

Founded in 1916, the Toy Industry Association™, Inc. (TIA) is the
not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in
creating and delivering toys and youth entertainment products for kids
of all ages. Over the past 100 years, TIA has led the health and growth
of the toy industry, and today its 800+ members account for an estimated
90% of the annual $22 billion U.S. domestic toy market. The Association
serves as the industry’s voice on the cognitive, social, emotional and
creative benefits of play, and promotes play’s positive impact on
childhood development to consumers and media. TIA has a long history of
leadership in toy safety, having helped develop the first comprehensive
toy safety standard more than 40 years ago, and remains committed to
working with medical experts, government, consumers and industry on
ongoing programs to ensure safe and fun play.

Contacts

for Wonder Workshop
Katie Warmuth
wonderworkshop@sutherlandgold.com