Piper is a “Minecraft toolbox for budding engineers.” Kids can use the Piper toolbox to build actual tools–real electronics– that interact with the popular game. When a player’s Minecraft robot gets in trouble, the player can build tools that “unlock new abilities and power-ups to continue playing.”
Piper is welcome news for millions of parents who worry as their kids disappear into Minecraft for hours. Minecraft isn’t Candy Crush–and it’s clearly a building/ learning environment with benefits--but children are still immersed exclusively in a digital world while they play, removed from the physical world. Piper puts the two worlds back together. The Piper Kickstarter campaign is crushing it, having raised more than $70,000 with a goal of just $50,000. And that’s with almost a month to go.