Lego + Robotics = Tinkerbots
Love LEGO and robots? Check out TinkerBots!
Wouldn’t it be great if we could give our children a positive introduction to technology that would make them interested, curious and actively engaged with it in a really fun way?
So says the promotional video for TinkerBots, the latest crowd-funding tech-toy success story that’s garnering interest across the world.
TinkerBots are basic robotic kits in the form of building blocks that easily snap together, and are controlled wirelessly or via an Arduino board. And, as an added bonus, they’re actually compatible with LEGO and LEGO Technic, meaning that kids can make the LEGO creations come to life by adding in the TinkerBots components.
So how does it work?
You purchase one of seven different kits, from the most simple at $159 to the most complicated at $499. In each kit there is a ‘red cube’ dubbed the ‘power brain’, which provides the energy to the model. Then depending on which kit you buy there’s also a twister, pivot, motor-module and grabber blocks that can enable all sorts of crazy movements. Some kits even contain sensor blocks in them, meaning you can build machines that recognize and move around obstacles.
Learning how to control your robot is super easy too – using a simple record-and-play mode that lets you teach your robot what to do and to bring it to life. For example, let’s say you build a dog and you want it to walk, you 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. You can also use the TinkerBots app on your tablet or smartphone as a remote control and each set comes with the TinkerBots App for Android or iOS.
Designed to provide a kids with a fun introduction to the world of robotics, TinkerBots has smashed its crowd-funding target of $100, 000, with almost double that amount pledged with a month still left on the clock.
If you want to purchase a TinkerBots kit, the only way to do it so far is to add your pledge to the TinkerBots crowdsourcing campaign, but you’d better hurry, as one of the kits has already sold out.
Do you think your kids would like TinkerBots?