AI News, Your Kid Wants a Thymio II Education Robot

Your Kid Wants a Thymio II Education Robot

Apparently, there's pretty much no profit margin or distribution cost, and all you're paying for is the hardware and for some people to put it together for you into a working robot.

And those 'mechanic fixation' points are Lego compatible.To programThymio II, you can use a nifty graphical interface, or a simple programming language called Aseba that's similar to Matlab.And oh hey did we mention that this thing is open source from source code to hardware?

It's cheap enough that a $1,000 grant could outfit an entire classroom with robots that are colorful, versatile, fun, and can be tackled with a GUI before graduating to writing code.

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While schools have been using robots to educate students in the art of science and engineering for decades now, not every school or teacher can afford to put one of these robots in the hands of their students.

With such a high feature count and low price tag, this might be the key to getting more students exposed to programming in a more exciting and accessible way than is currently available.

How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

And while“open-source robotics hardware is taking longer to catch on” compared to open-source robotics software, he notes that “several impressive examples exist, taking advantage of benefits of those novel rapid prototyping possibilities.” Making robotics hardware more affordable, versatile, and “standardized” is hugely important for the field, asAaron Dollar, Francesco Mondada, Alberto Rodriguez, and Giorgio Metta, who guest edited the special issue, explain: In the field of robotics, there has existed a relatively large void in terms of the availability of adequate hardware, particularly for research applications.

Thereport includes in-depth articles on seven major open-source robothardware projects, which range from gripper mechanisms to haptic interfaces to complete standalone robots: We should note that many other notable open hardware platforms exist, like TurtleBot,iCub, andArdupilot, just to mention a few (if you have other favorite projects, leave a note in the comments section).

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'Each sensor is associated with a coloured LED, which allows the kids to visualize the activation of the sensors during a specific manoeuver.' 'The main objective of the Thymio II project is to provide a robot to a large public, to make the exploration of technology accessible to everyone and to enable the integration of robotic technology in the teaching process.'

The 11cm x 11cm robot is equipped with proximity sensors so it can detect close objects, ground-directed sensors so it can detect the edge of a table or a line, accelerometers, a microphone and a temperature sensor an electronic thermometer.