Twin Tweaks ...
plenty that were eye-catching.
The Standard kit offers designs
ranging from electronic pianos
to tread wielding tumblers to
combat bugs to balancing
motorcycles. We thought that
the bug would make a good
next choice, because we always
love to see an elegant walking
robot design that powers six
legs with two motors.
The walking bug design is
actually quite reminiscent of the
The line following bug has a sample program
available on the Robotis website, and after a quick
download we had an arthropod that was dutifully
marching along like a good worker ant. The curriculum
then suggests turning your worker into a soldier, and has
a nice little discussion about combat robots.
Our inner Gandhi won out, and we dismantled the
bug in favor of something more nonconfrontational. Now
that we had disassembled two bots, we could say with
A LINE FOLLOWING
School of Bot
With that, we had arrived at the end of the first
chapter. It seemed like we had already covered a midterm’s
worth of material, but this was just the tip of the
educational iceberg. The Standard kit alone came with two
books that contained seven chapters full of lessons and
After spending some quality time with the basic buggy,
we wanted to test out a few other designs, and there were
PROGRAMMING WITH THE ROBOPLUS SOFTWARE.
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