Inspired by Lego, a small team has developed TinkerBots, which are building blocks that you can use to create robotic toys. They’re designed to let you create whatever you want without necessarily locking you into a specific end product.
The heart and brain of TinkerBots is the red cube Power Brain, which contains the battery, Bluetooth 4.0, a speaker, an Arduino microcontroller, serial bus interface, USB charging port, a gyro and ACC sensors, and the button interface.
There are other cubes, including a motor, a pivot, a twister, a grabber, IR sensor, light sensor, wheels, and more, and there are plenty of “passive” building cubes, as well. You can also augment your creations with actual Lego bricks, which is a delightful treat for any adult–er, child. … (Read more)