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Gadgets: Tinkerbot a build-your own Lego-compatible robot kit
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Gadgets: Tinkerbot a build-your own Lego-compatible robot kit

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Robot insects, phone-controlled cars and...flying drones? A first look at Tinkerbot, an Arduino-based robot toy kit even little kids can use.

[MUSIC] A Lego kit that comes to life and becomes its own kinetic robot. That's what you're getting with Tinkerbots, a new robotic toy kit built on Arduino that is launching an Indiegogo campaign right now. What this is is not unlike Lego Mindstorms, but it is an independent project that focuses on the types of building blocks that younger kids could use. A central power brain module cube connects with other bendy and twisty motors to create your own little Lego-like surprises, and it actually is compatible with Technic pieces and and with Lego brick pieces, so you can add on your own little special bits with the bricks you have. And then you can actually not even have to program at all. You can bend and have this record the motion memory, play it back in a loop later, so that your crazy ant or your weird dog or your funky, twisty snake can start bending without knowing any programming at all. But, since it is Arduino-based, you can actually use this and program it in C later on, so it scales up to as detailed as you wanna get. There are kits starting at $159 and going up to $500, and it's going to be available later this year. Pieces include wheels, axles, eventually solar panels, potentially, the ability to add other twisty pieces. And, later on this year, yes, a flying drone module add-on will be coming. That's the quick look at one of the cooler little kinetic toys that I've see. I'm Scott Stein with a look at Tinkerbots. [MUSIC]

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