Make Dozens of Modular Robots with only 6 Cubelets!
Cubelets robotic cubes can be snapped together to make a variety of robots with no programming and no wires. You can build robots that drive around on a tabletop, respond to light and other objects, and have surprisingly lifelike behavior. But instead of programming that behavior, you snap the Cubelets together and watch the behavior emerge like a flock of birds or a swarm of bees.
Each Cubelet comes with a standard program that lets you build robots simply by connecting cubes. When you build, you're building the physical robot, but you're also building its behavior, through the connected blocks. If you think about it this way, the robot is the program.
Includes 6 Cubelets: 2 Action Blocks (Drive & Flashlight), 2 Sensor Blocks (Brightness & Distance) and 2 Think/Utility Blocks (Battery & Passive). Rechargeable batteries are included. The Battery Charger must be purchased separately (item# 3153277 – see below). Additional individual Cublets with a variety of functions will be available separately later in 2013.
For ages 4+.
More about CUBELETS:
Building robots with Cubelets is different from the procedural programming (in C, Java, or BASIC) that you may know. In procedural programming, a robot’s behavior results from executing a sequence of instructions in the robot’s “brain” (usually a single microcontroller).
Cubelets operate with a completely different model: distributed programming.
Every Cubelet has a microcontroller. The robot’s behavior results from local interactions between Sense, Think, and Action blocks and the numbers flowing from block to block.
There’s no single “brain” block, and there’s no sequence of instructions. There are no variables, functions, or procedural logic. Instead, in Cubelets, the robot is the program. The way you put the blocks together determines the way numbers flow from Sense to Action blocks, and this determines your robot’s behavior.
Cubelets come in four types: Sense blocks, Action blocks, Think blocks, and Utility blocks. Sense blocks are black, Action blocks are clear, and Think and Utility blocks are different colors. The Sense, Action, and Battery blocks all have five connecting faces and one special face. All other blocks have six connecting faces.
Every Cubelet has a small LED light in one corner. When the Cubelet is part of a robot and the robot’s Battery block is turned on, the LED light is on too. This LED light shows that the Cubelet is getting power and talking to its neighbors. Each Cubelet robot must have one Battery block, which powers all the other blocks in the robot.
The Battery block has a small switch. When you slide it one way, the Battery block is powered on. The other way, it’s off. Turn it off to save battery life when you aren’t playing with your Cubelets. The Battery block has two rechargeable Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP) cells. To recharge the batteries, unscrew the metal screw, slide back the plastic cover, remove the cells, and place them in your charger. (Don’t lose the metal screw while you’re recharging!)
Each connecting face of a Cubelet has three conductors. The outer ring and magnets conducts ground; the inner metal ring, power; and the center pin conducts data from one Cubelet to the next. These three conductors must connect with their neighboring counterparts in order for two Cubelets to communicate.