Mini robot as coding and learning platform, now in distribution

July 10, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Mini robot as coding and learning platform, now in distribution
The MekaMon has a reputation as a gaming robot. But since it offers full programmability and a modular design, it offers attractive possibilities as an engineering and teaching platform for the development of algorithms and hardware extensions. The four legged-mini monster is now available through electronics distributor RS Components.

The MekaMon robot is a fully programmable unit that offers lifelike movement with three degrees of freedom per leg and high flexibility. Designed to entertain, inspire and educate – the latter of these is a key application for MekaMon: specially developed for use with the robot is the ReachEdu app, which enables students and others to connect to their Apple or Android based device and helps them learn how to code.

Using visual programming suites, such as MekaDraw, MekaMotion and MekaCode, the ReachEdu app provides users with a comprehensive introduction to coding without the need for any prior specialist knowledge and enables them to create their own programs for the robot. At introductory levels, there are built-in guided-learning missions that take learners on a journey of adventures – with the eventual aim of transitioning the learning experience from simple block-based programming to writing code and enabling them to access a range of input and output commands and take full advantage of MekaMon’s suite of sensors and fluidic movements.

Available in three colours – black, white or grey – the MekaMon Berserker v2 robot features Bluetooth LE connectivity, 1.5 hours of play for each 60-minute battery charge, and full modularity for easy storage. It is shipping now from RS in the EMEA region.

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