tinkerbots

The Robotic Building Set for the entire family

By Kinematics

This is Tinkerbots


TinkerBots is a toy building set with easy-to-add robotics that make it possible for young children (and adults, too) to create an endless number of toy robots simply by snapping together TinkerBots’ patented “Power Brain,” kinetic modules and passive pieces, and even LEGO bricks. No wiring or programming required. TinkerBots is like “living LEGOs.”
TinkerBots is the perfect hands-on introduction to the world of robotics. While experiencing hours of fun, children won’t even notice that they are actually learning something extremely valuable and getting a solid foundation in technology. TinkerBots is not only for children; it’s for the entire family. It’s a toy that fascinates kids and parents alike, engaging them in play together, and in sharing a learning experience. And with its Arduino-compatible microcontroller, TinkerBots is also the perfect tool for schools and all the makers out there.



Here is how it works


The red cube is the Power Brain. It provides the energy and contains an Arduino-compatible microcontroller. It comes alongside a range of other different kinetic modules like the twister, the pivot, the motor-module and the grabber. Plus there’s a whole bunch of small, passive building blocks you can use to add more detail to your robots, and you can even use LEGO Bricks to add more detail if you want. What’s more, you can enhance your Tinkerbots models with sensors that measure distance or detect light. All of TinkerBots’ pieces can be connected easily without the need for wiring or programming. It’s truly simple and easy to use. Even a five year old can use TinkerBots to build any robot he or she can imagine.

Controlling your robots


…is as easy as it is to build them. The integrated record-and-play mode lets you teach your robot what to do and to bring it to life. Just take the robot in your hands, press record, move it in the way you want it to move, and when you hit the play button, your robot will repeat exactly what you just taught it. For more advanced robots, you can use the Tinkerbots app on your tablet or smartphone as a remote control. For more advanced robots, there will be other available parts such as an infrared distance sensor. TinkerBots’ use of the Arduino-compatible micro-controller platform enables older enthusiasts to dabble in programming (“C”) for their TinkerBots creations.

Lets Start Building


Since TinkerBots is essentially a building set, your children – and you – can create an endless number of toy robots. Here are just a few examples we came up with:

What is coming next?


Kids love our building set.

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The Team

Dr. Matthias Bürger
Dr. Matthias Bürger

CEO & Co-Founder

Matthias studied business with a focus on marketing, international management and intercultural communications at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. Following his graduation, he joined the Max-Planck-Institute of Economics and the Friedrich Schiller University’s Graduate School as a research fellow where he earned his doctorate degree in innovation economics in 2011.

Leonhard Oschütz
Leonhard Oschütz

CCO & Co-Founder

Leo developed the prototype for TinkerBots in 2009 when he was a student in product design at Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany and was tasked with building a “Dream Machine” as part of his master’s thesis. While studying, he worked with BMW in Munich and KAHLA /Thüringen Porzellan GmbH on different projects. Following his graduation in 2011 he teamed up with Christian and Matthias to found their company Kinematics.

Christian Guder
Christian Guder

CTO & Co-Founder

Christian met Leonhard when they were both students in product design at Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany.  Prior to pursuing his degree, he worked for three years as an industrial mechanic at Leica Microsystems where he honed his skills in product design and manufacturing-technology. He also worked as a project manager for Berlin-based design agency WHITEvoid and as a design engineer for Dyson Ltd., UK.





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News

  • CeBIT Innovation Award 2014

    CeBIT Innovation Award 2014

    In March, we were awarded the CeBIT Innovation Award 2014. CeBIT wrote: “What makes it different to Lego is that some of the blocks in the kit move all on their own, making the model animals, machines and fantasy creatures crawl, drive and run all over the place.”

  • Tinkerbots App

    Tinkerbots App

    For the last few months, we have been working on the Tinkerbots App. This app will allow you to control our robots with your Android, iOS Smartphone or Tablet. This week, we got a new prototype up and running. There’s something really cool about using a remote control with your robots…

  • Investors

    Teaming up with investors

    In December we recieved a strategic investment from Frühphasenfonds Brandenburg and ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. This enables us to transform our building sets into a marketable product. The dream is becoming a reality!

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