In robotics, it seems to always happen this way: we are surrounded by new generation of conventional technologies, and the generations ahead of them are quietly placed somewhere in history. Making part of a new generation of makers, I would like to see a new age of technologies out of the conventional. After LEGO Mindstorms kits, several other kits were released and in a short time these failed miserably.
The first non-conventional kit platform after the LEGO Mindstorms series is already to become reality. Of course, on the same category could be included the Cubelets or TinkerBots, but these are just toys. Both kits are limited and cannot work on water or unveil terrain, as well as making a robot able to test a tablet or solve the Rubik’s Cube.
It is about the CAGEBOT robotic kit that tries to create a new culture of creativity and a solution for long life activity in robotics.
The CAGEBOT is designed to repair a frustration, a disappointment that comes from almost all solutions available on the market. Its modular system is designed to work with a wide range of accessories and creates one of the most versatile platforms for makers and hackers, as well as a complete tool for educational purposes. The CUGEBOT is featured enough that will not be forgotten after a while; it is a wild version of LEGO Mindstorms kit, but with an adaptable and super stable construction for real-life applications.
Like many other prototypes before it, the CAGEBOT was engineered with a passion for robots and automation by a team of three German engineers and three years of research and development. Their experiences in building automation systems were collected and applied in an adaptable body able to host the best electronics and flexible enough to offer the possibility to build your own custom robot.
A series of special bricks with a Lego-like design and several other components such as motors or batteries are engineered for intelligent machines such as robots or fully automated factories, as well as playing with buildings and towers.
Playing with bricks is like walking. Any human can build structures instinctively without any documentation or help. On the software side, the things are a little bit different. Without programming skills, even for a beginner level, no one can build an intelligent robot. However, the best solution for an easy-to-use software tool is to adopt one used on a large scale. Arduino? Yes, this is the solution! Having a strong community, the Arduino Software Platform is the software used to run on the CAGEBOT. More than that, you can work to control and set up your creation on Windows, OS X, as well as Android or iOS smartphones.
The CAGEBOT is definitely a project to watch in the ever-growing world of makers and hackers.
Video presentation of: Cagebot the ultimate robot kit
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