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Build Your Own Robot with Cubelets

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Robotics can be a tricky subject to teach children, and it’s hard to know where to start. Cubelets is a system of modular cubes that each have one use, interaction, or behavior, and by linking them together you can create easy to understand robots with impressive behavior.

It’s a great concept: you start with very basic ideas, and then by linking them together you can create something that can work in a variety of ways.

“Cubelets was originally called roBlocks and was a project I worked on while in grad school for architecture at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh,” Eric Schweikhardt, the creator of Cubelets, told Ars.

He wanted a way to let people interact with digital models, and thought blocks was a good beginning. “I started to add more functionality into the different cubes and Cubelets evolved out of that.

I never intended to make and sell a product, but after the 20th lab visitor asked when they could buy them, I started to warm to the idea.” Smart move: the first batch of 100 beta kits has already sold out.”

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