For quite a while we see how they have begun to rise more and more projects in the wake of BQ and Zowi robot or LEGO Mindstorms among others, aimed at phasing in robotics engineering education, intended to cover a need for future as learning programming.
Thanks to the alliance SPC-Makeblock and new mbot we have a new business proposal in Spain, looking back to the LOGO language of 60 and 70. Based on the intuitive operation of a robot control software and hardware with all kinds of parts, sensors and accessible and easy to assemble engines that develop creative abilities of children and adults.
Simple installation, intuitive control and multiple functionality
SPC robots, regardless of model, are all constituted by an adaptable open source hardware including a plate Arduino IDE modified and compatible with different models. Gradually you are developing a line of increasingly extensive accessories and components that incorporate different structures, electronic modules or Lego pieces to assemble variations from the original model, thanks to the design criteria opensource code.
As for the control software, robots can be managed from any Android / iPhone, iPad, Tablet or PC with a Bluetooth device through an adaptation of Scratch 2.0 software on the mobile App Makeblock, or an infrared remote control. With the App MBLOCK, you can interact with the physical environment by performing simple commands “drag and drop” as movement actions, direction, speed, spin and stop from the device itself, which also is very interactive use and with an interface very graphic for children.
Depending on the disbursement we want to make, there are different products with different mechanical and with a very wide price range. Here you have a selection of them according to price, features and range:
- Educational robot mbot: Contains 38 pieces that are assembled in ten minutes and uses RJ25 connectors colored to facilitate connection also comes with several pre-defined options, such as avoiding obstacles, follow one direction or the remote control. It can be used in many games like burst balloons, play soccer, racing, etc. Ideal to start programming.
- Complete mbot: Is an expansion kit mbot that includes, besides the robot, elements such as trim, fasteners and screws more, new parts, two plates, etc. Allows mbot Servo and build a variation of mbot legs, to build the “Beetle”, “Jumping Frog”, “Cat emits light” and more.
- Ranger mbot: Is a kit 3-in-1 allows you to build three different robots like tank type SUV, the two wheels in equilibrium with gyroscope and three -wheelers with more complicated maneuvers
- Ultimate 2.0: Is a professional range oriented engineers, teachers or students who want to learn new mechanics and Python programming skills. It has pieces of anonymity 6061 and three engines that provide ten different forms of construction, such as the robot arm or bartender grabs, up and delivery items, the catapult throwing balls, carriage-support camera and capture 3D filming so panoramic 360° on a rotating base, etc. MegaPi with a motherboard based on Arduino MEGA 2560 servos able to drive ten or eight DC motors simultaneously.
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An educational model based on technology
The recent series of products born after the alliance between the technology company SPC and Makeblock platform offers a new way to start to smaller programming with a diverse range of products and devices, from basic consumer to the more professional scale, all under the seal of the educational model STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) which also fosters contact with an intelligent community made available to all users so they can share their creations, advances and experiences in a space common creativity.
In addition, for several years that SPC is working with the Foundation Urkide College of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country), to develop programming in the curriculum of the center and is in the process of communication with other entities in Navarre, France and Portugal where already it implemented the project.