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I need a robot.
I should have written this before my bad robots post. The robots and kits I wrote about are all on a continuum of awesome. I just happen to working with very specific Goldilocks-esque critera.
I need a robot that fits in the hands of 10-12 year olds. I need a robot that students can learn move around a table in under 10 minutes. I need a robot that can use generic sensors and report values to the user as simple 0-255 values. I need a robot where changing the sensors used is a 5 minute process and calibrating the sensor readings is more interesting than compicated. I need a robot where swapping out a suite of sensors is as easy as uploading a new sketch.
Importantly, I need this robot to be cheap or modular, preferably both. Eitheenough to buy at a 1:3 ratio for middle school students, or flexible enough that two classes can use the different sensor arrays on the same robot base with 3 minutes of no-risk transition.
This robot need arose from discussions with middle school science teachers who want their students to design and program “insect bots” that react to a broad range of senses, without turning their class into a semester robotics and programming. They’d like a robot that requires less tech training than iMovie.
In short, I want the original Lego turtle, scaled down to 4 inch diameter, with an expandable sensor bay.
2012, I’ll forgive you for the jetpack fauxpax if you can help me out with my very specific robot needs.