Tinkerbots preview of LEGO-compatible robot for younger kids

Kinematics of Germany has released Tinkerbots, an easy-to-use Arduino-based robot toy kit that is compatible with many LEGO parts.

What is Tinkerbots?

Tinkerbots (formerly called ‘Kinematics Blocks’) is a toy building set with easy-to-add robotics that make it possible for young children (and adults, too) to create an endless number of toy robots simply by snapping together Tinkerbots’ patented “Power Brain,” kinetic modules and passive pieces, and even LEGO bricks. No wiring or programming required. Tinkerbots is like “living LEGOs.”

Tinkerbots is the perfect hands-on introduction to the world of robotics. While experiencing hours of fun, children won’t even notice that they are actually learning something extremely valuable and getting a solid foundation in technology. Tinkerbots is not only for children; it’s for the entire family. It’s a toy that fascinates kids and parents alike, engaging them in play together, and in sharing a learning experience. And with its Arduino-compatible microcontroller, Tinkerbots is also the perfect tool for schools and all the makers out there.

Tinkerbots Gallery

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CNET First Look

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE_hl0ieBSE

How to Get Your Tinkerbots

Tinkerbots will be available for pre-order starting today, April 10th, on Indiegogo. More information can be found at tinkerbots.net. Indiegogo is similar to Kickstarter.

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