If your kids like robots and LEGO they’re going to love TinkerBots. One-part Lego blocks and one-part Arduino, Tinkerbots is a modular robotics building set made by Kinematics that encourages kids to learn about electronics through playtime. The Berlin-based makers behind the project just launched their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 over the next 40 days to get their kits to market — and currently they have surpassed their goal having already raised over $110,000. Learn more about these amazing ‘living LEGOs’ and see them in action after the jump!
Unlike Lego Mindstorms, Tinkerbots are a bit smaller and almost all cube-shaped, making them even easier to connect. With a handful of parts, kids can make anything from a rolling car or a crane, to a motorized ant. Each red “Power Brain” cube comes equipped with a battery, Arduino microcontroller, Bluetooth module, accelerometer, and USB port. While that might seem complicated, programing a robot how to move is a simple as picking it up, pressing the record button, and wiggling it about.
Alternatively, kids can remote control their TinkerBots with an iOS app. Currently the app only works to control a car, but the team hopes to make it work with myriad contraptions that kids assemble. On the exterior of the Power Brain blocks, kids can add a LEGO adapter, enabling them to attach whatever blocks and bricks they want.
Of course while building robots is fun and all, working with Tinkerbots will also give children a solid foundation in technology. It’s becoming even more important to get kids involved with technology in a society that is so reliant on smartphones and fueled by technology on the whole by giving them a leg up in STEM concepts. If you want to get your kids started with TinkerBots, you can get in on the ground floor by pledging $159 on the Indiegogo project page for a Basic Wheeler Set.
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