This Robotics Smart Machines Kit gives children a simple, fun and customizable introduction to robotics that lets them build eight motorized machines controlled by programs and an ultrasound sensor. Kids code the programs using an easy, visual programming app on a tablet or smartphone, which connects to the robot models via a wireless Bluetooth connection.
Build a humanoid robot that walks forward on two legs and pivots to avoid obstacles in its path; an incredible stag beetle model that moves backwards or forwards in response to an obstacle and opens and closes its pincers; and construct a funny crocodile model that wags its tail if no object is in sight but then opens its giant jaws when an object approaches, and many more projects besides. Using an additional smartphone and tablet, you can even hack together a little spy-bot that roams around and streams video back to the tablet screen and once you've learned how the technology works, you can build and program your own robots using the kitÕs 230 building pieces.
A full-color, 64-page step-by-step illustrated manual helps kids assemble all of the models and teaches them about robotics in the real world. The visual programming language allows you to command the robotsÕ motors to move at different times, different power levels, in different directions, and in response to the data from the sensor.
The Robotics Smart Machines Kit requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS (iPhone 4S or later, iPad 3 or later, iPod 5 or later) or Android (Android 4.3 or later on a device with Bluetooth 4.0 support). The kit is recommended for children aged 8+