Last September, I was at the
Maker Faire in New York.
While walking around the
booths, I saw this really
neat (cute?) robot. It was
about two feet tall with
huge “eyes.” I was told it
was a Meccano G15
Meccanoid. It talks,
responds to voice
commands, and is
By William Massano
34 SERVO 06.2016
While I have built more sophisticated robots, I thought it would be a great project which I could use during lectures that I give. So, I bought it for about $179. In
this article, I would like to review it and its big brother (the
G15 KS), plus offer some tips.
The G15 KS is essentially a “king size” version which is
nearly four feet tall (currently around $299). There are a few
First, let’s talk about the G15. The Meccano robot kits are
reminiscent of the old Erector sets. These are plastic pieces
(fairly standard parts) which are held together by screws. The
G15 has about 600 parts and the KS nearly 1,200. (I believe
they count the screws and nuts as “parts.”) Most of the screws
are 1/2 inch, but there are a few other sizes. However, all nuts
fit all screws.
The kits are made of individual plastic packs, but there is
no real apparent order to them. Usually, you are working out
of two or three at the same time. This is not a problem, but
packing them in the order used would make assembly easier.
Also included is a hex screwdriver and nut wrench. The
screwdriver is essential, but the wrench is rarely needed.
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