Construct the Self-Driving Car of the Future
Explore the cutting edge of automotive technology with this futuristic car. Construct the sleek, high-tech car, and then use your tablet or smartphone to control the car's motorized wheels and steer it in any direction. On your device's screen, watch the car as it drives through a virtual, augmented reality cityscape. Use the free downloadable app to script a simple program that instructs your car to automatically follow a predetermined course through your city.
To build your virtual city, spread the AR (augmented reality) code cards across the floor and point your tablet's camera at them. The app interprets the AR codes as buildings and houses so that a virtual city springs up on your tablet's screen. Once you build your city, you can manually steer your car through it or program a route using a special "draw and drive" function in the app. But be careful: If your car gets too close to a building or runs a stoplight, you may hear police sirens!
You will learn about the technologies employed in autonomous vehicles, including laser detectors, GPS navigation, radar systems, and on-board computers. These technologies will allow cars to do everything from helping drivers park and avoiding collisions to communicating with other cars and eventually driving completely independently, without a human driver.
Build seven cool-looking models in addition to the smart car. Each of the models uses up to four electric motors, and each motor can be controlled independently with the app. The app's programming mode allows you to switch each of your car's four motors forward, backward, or off, second by second, for up to three minutes. Illustrated step-by-step instructions allow you to build, remotely control, and program models of a motorcycle, forklift truck, futuristic car, airboat, helicopter, airplane, and flying car.
This 219 piece kit includes a full-color, 64-page experiment manual provides assembly and usage instructions, as well as lots of information about these fascinating technologies. The special Bluetooth Low Energy interface means your model's batteries will last much longer. Free downloadable app.
For ages 10+.
Tablet or smartphone hardware requirements:
iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with Bluetooth Low Energy support, i.e. iPad mini; iPad 3 and 4 (iPad with retina display) or newer; iPhone 4S and 5 or newer; iPod touch 5th generation or newer; requires iOS 5.0 or newer. Android device support in development.