Gigo’s Robotics Smart Machines Range now features the Tracks & Treads Theme whereby robots are controlled and programmed by a tablet or smartphone.
This kit gives children a simple, fun, and customizable introduction to robotics allowing them to build 8 motorized machines controlled by programs and an ultrasound sensor. The models all make use of continuous tracks, also known as tank treads, to move themselves and other objects around. Children 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 the 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 robot with 2 large, continuous tracks that drive around and avoid obstacles in its path. Set up an obstacle course and watch the long-necked scout robot use its ultrasonic sensor to navigate around the obstacles. The attentive tracker bot model detects your hand, moves toward it, and follows it around.
Construct models of real-world smart machines, like a conveyor belt robot that carries small objects along its two belts and an escalator model that carries objects up to another level. A tundra explorer model moves through an obstacle course and can even drive over small obstacles in its path with its unique tank tread design. You can also assemble other fun robots including a dozer bot with a bulldozer attachment on its front end and a fire rescue robot that drives its ladder up close to other objects.
After learning how the technology works, you can build and program your own robots using the kit’s 297 building pieces.
In the programming app, the visual programming language allows you to command the robots’ motors to move at different times, at different power levels, in different directions, and in response to the data from the sensor.
A full-colour, 64-page step-by-step illustrated manual helps children assemble all of the models and teaches them about robotics in the real world. Digital assembly instructions are also available in a separate app for Android or iOS.
Download the free apps for iOS or Android so that you can:
– Drive the robots wirelessly using the touchscreen interface.
– Write programs to control the robots’ motors.
– Use the ultrasonic sensor to command your robots to perform specific actions in response to their surroundings
– Follow step-by-step 3D digital assembly instructions to build the models (in a separate app).
– 297 Building Components (to build 8 models)
– Instruction Manual
Age: 8 Years +
Item size: 9.5 x 48.5 x 33 cm
Requires: 3 AA/LR06 batteries (not included)
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).
All GIGO products are compliant with CE & CCCs toy safety regulations.