Batmobile AI robot car STEM kit teaches electronics, coding

October 06, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Batmobile AI robot car STEM kit teaches electronics, coding
Technology startup CircuitMess has announced the launch on Kickstarter of a STEM-based DIY autonomous Batmobile toy.

Launched in partnership with Warner Brothers Consumer Products, the CircuitMess Batmobile smart robot car kit is designed to teach children seven and up about engineering and autonomous driving.

"The Circuitmess Batmobile has one camera, and a processor that will allow for machine learning so it can memorise visual cards or a ball (part of the package) and much more," said the company at a press conference announcing the product. "Batman is a superhero who has no superpowers, instead, he has technology with which he saves Gotham. This is line with what we try to promote and show children. You can be like Batman, if you use your hands and learn."

The kit features an ESP32 dual-core CPU, computer vision, and AI, along with a dedicated remote controller. No previous experience or knowledge should be needed to build the kit.

The kit's learning tasks include:

  • learning how autonomous vehicles work
  • how to code a microcomputer
  • how computers track objects
  • developing a computer vision algorithm

The company has developed previous educational products, including the MAKERbuino DIY game console, the MAKERphone DIY mobile phone, and STEM Box, a STEM projects subscription.

"We love the kits that we've been able to create for the crowdfunding community and want to continue to offer it to them first," says Alber Gajšak, CEO of CircuitMess. "With three successful Kickstarters that have raised more than $850k in total, we have been able to get proven interest and traction for our special kits and deliver exciting projects to people all over the world."

The CircuitMess Batmobile Kickstarter is available for pre-order now with an early bird starting price of $99 (retail $169). The crowdfunding campaign will last until December 4. Currently over $100,000 has already been pledged, well exceeding the campaign's $15,000 goal.


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