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:
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