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Robotics is a vast, thrilling, and sometimes overwhelming interdisciplinary field involving physics, engineering, and computer science. This kit gives kids 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. The ultrasonic sensor works on the same principle as sonar. It sends out sound waves, which bounce off objects. The sensor interprets the echoes returning to it, and from this detects objects in the path of the sensor. Using the app interface, you can program the robots you build to behave based on the feedback coming from the ultrasound sensor. Build a humanoid robot that walks forward on two legs and pivots to avoid obstacles in its path. An awesome stag beetle model moves backwards or forwards in response to an obstacle, and opens and closes its pincers. 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. Using an additional smartphone and tablet, you can even hack together a cute little spy-bot that roams around and streams video back to the tablet screen. A cool dual-rotor drone model rotates its rotor blades 90 degrees. You can also assemble other fun robots including a robo-dog and robo-dino. After you have learned how the technology works, you can build and program your own robots using the kit's 194 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. 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).

Features

  • 64-page, full color manual
  • 8 models
  • Program and control your robots with tablets and smartphones.
  • Compatibile with iOS and Android devices.
  • Use the robot's ultrasonic sensor to help it avoid obstacles.

Additional Info

507149

E9D3FDC4

814743011489

620375

batteries are required (not included)

3 pounds

19.1 x 13.0 x 3.8

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Thames & Kosmos Robotics: Smart Machines
 
2.5

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3.0

Robofun!

By JoJo Dancer

from L.A.

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Comments about Thames & Kosmos Robotics: Smart Machines:

Fun to build.

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2.0

Interesting learning tool for kids

By Arch dude

from West palm beach, fl

Comments about Thames & Kosmos Robotics: Smart Machines:

I bought this kit to teach my nine year old son robotics this summer. We have done the first bipedal droid together. I recommend downloading the instructions on your tablet as some of the small parts are very similar looking and the parts list that identifies them is small. On a tablet you can zoom in to see what the parts look like. Unless your child is older or gifted, he or she will probably have a tough time putting these together solo. The instructions for at least the first one could be better. But I think all parents probably say this about all instructions. As far as the software goes, I didn't find it intuitive and have yet to help him program it to do anything. There is a toy mode where you can move it around which is good. So the reason I give it two stars is the tough to understand software and the not so great instructions. It's a cool idea just needs improvement.

Still, This kit allows your child to build simple robots and gives you a chance to teach him or her how robotic elements work as well as programming. That makes it worthwhile. What I would recommend to the toymaker is to post the completed robots working on YouTube.

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