The Activity Bot is an ideal option for beginner robot builders and also a good introduction to the technology for use in schools and colleges. Aimed at anyone from the age of 14 upwards, it allows users to learn engineering skills which have useful applications in the real world while building a user-friendly and surprisingly capable robot.
The robot ActivityBot kit includes a series of tutorials that take you step-by-step in how to programme the multicore chip using C, wiring circuits using electronic components on a breadboard, creating sensor systems and more. It can be added to using bog-standard components as well as specific upgrade kits.
The Activity Bot is easy to program using a Windows, Linux or Mac system. The complete robot kit includes a Propeller control board that makes it simple to integrate sensors, motors and more to make the various projects. It also has high-speed servo motors with optical encoders to provide fast, consistent and controllable movement.
You can experiment with using common electronics parts thanks to a breadboard and three-pin headers with no soldering required, so it’s ideal for the novice. A component kit lets you build navigation systems using touch, visible light, infra-red light and ultrasonic sensors. The robot has a built-in SD card slot and microSD card for use in data logging and file storage.
Whether you’re looking for a hobby kit to explore robotics, electronics and programming, or an affordable education platform for students this is a fun option that can be used in a variety of ways.