TinkerBots is a building set that enables kids ages 5 and up to create an endless number of toy robots without wiring or programming. The set includes “Power Brain” and kinetic modules, which easily twist and snap together along with other TinkerBots pieces, adding movement and interest to whatever robot is built.
TinkerBots is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com to offer parents the opportunity to pre-order a TinkerBots robot building set, and to support the production of a toy that introduces robotics and STEM concepts to kids in the form of play. The toys are expected to ship in the fourth quarter of this year.
The basic TinkerBots building set comes with three active modules—the “Power Brain,” motor, and pivot. Passive pieces include two cubes and two adapter plates compatible with Lego. An integrated record-and-play function on the “Power Brain” enables children to teach their robots what to do and bring them to life. The robots can also be remote controlled with a tablet or smartphone using the TinkerBots app.
TinkerBots’ use of the Arduino-compatible micro-controller platform enables older enthusiasts to practice “C” programming with their creations.