Ferry-Porsche-Stiftung fördert Robotics4Future

Pressemitteilung August 2020 / 12. August 2020

Die Ferry-Porsche-Stiftung hat ihr gesellschaftliches Engagement erweitert und die Förderung von gemeinnützigen Projekten um weitere 500 000 Euro auf 1,5 Millionen Euro erhöht. Aus insgesamt 600 Bewerbungen der Ferry Porsche Challenge 2020 wurde auch das Projekt »Robotics4Future« ausgewählt, das Fraunhofer gemeinsam mit einem Stuttgarter Kinder- und Jugendhaus umsetzen wird.

Im Rahmen der diesjährigen Ferry Porsche Challenge hat sich die Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft mit Hauptsitz in München gemeinsam mit dem Fraunhofer-Institut für Intelligente Analyse- und Informationssysteme IAIS und dem Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung IPA in Kooperation mit der Stuttgarter Jugendhaus-Gesellschaft beworben. Im Projekt »Robotics4Future« geht es darum, die junge Generation zu animieren, sich mit Robotik-Technologien – sowohl Hardware als auch Software – zu beschäftigen und diese spielerisch weiterzuentwickeln.

»Robotik ist eine industrielle Schlüsseltechnologie. Seit über 45 Jahren beschäftigen wir uns mit diesem Themenfeld. Aktuell eröffnet die Corona-Krise vor allem für die Servicerobotik neue Chancen, beispielsweise für den Einsatz von Desinfektionsrobotern«, weiß Dr. Werner Kraus, der die Abteilung Roboter- und Assistenzsysteme am Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart leitet.

Thorsten Leimbach, Geschäftsfeldleiter »Smart Coding and Learning« und Leiter der Roberta-Initiative am Fraunhofer IAIS in Sankt Augustin, ergänzt: »Als eines der führenden Wissenschaftsinstitute für Künstliche Intelligenz und Maschinelles Lernen in Europa fördert das Fraunhofer IAIS mit Roberta den Nachwuchs mittels der Faszination und spielerischen Programmierung von Robotern. Seit mehr als 18 Jahren begeistern wir Kinder und Jugendliche in Roberta-Kursen für Wissenschaft und Technik und vermitteln dabei die Schlüsselkompetenzen der Zukunft.«

Von der Forschung in die Anwendung: Spielerisch Transferwissen vermitteln

Robotik weltweit, Robotik in Deutschland, Robotik in Stuttgart: Welche Robotertechnologien werden in der Industrie vor Ort für welche Zwecke eingesetzt? Mit dieser Fragestellung schicken die Fraunhofer-Wissenschaftlerinnen und -Wissenschaftler Schülerinnen und Schüler des Stuttgarter Hegel-Gymnasiums im Auftrag des Kinder- und Jugendhauses Vaihingen ins Rennen. Im Oktober soll die »Robotics4Future«-Challenge starten.

Zuerst gibt es ein virtuelles Kick-off, um in das vielfältige Themengebiet gedanklich einzusteigen. Ob Industrierobotik-Themen wie Seilrobotik, Schweißrobotik und Montage oder Servicerobotik-Themen wie Reinigen, Kommissionieren oder Fahrerlose Transportsysteme: Jedes Feld wird beleuchtet. Anschließend bekommen die Jugendlichen einen »hands-on«-Einstieg in die Programmierung von Robotern mit der Programmierumgebung »Open Roberta Lab«, die Open Source am Fraunhofer IAIS entwickelt wird. In dem Workshop lernen die Schülerinnen und Schüler unter anderem die Bedeutung von Sensoren kennen und erstellen erste Programme zum Thema »Autonomes Fahren«.

Gewappnet mit diesem Vorwissen, einem Briefing und vielen Fragen geht es dann für die Schülerinnen und Schüler in die Industrie, genauer gesagt in die Automobilindustrie: in ein Werk von Porsche. Hier gilt es, den Einsatz von Robotertechnologien live und in Echtzeit zu beobachten, aber auch zu hinterfragen, an welchen Stellen heute noch keine Roboter eingesetzt werden. Teil 3 der Challenge besteht darin, dass die »Nachwuchsforscherinnen und Nachwuchsforscher« von ihren Erfahrungen berichten, diese reflektieren und somit Transferwissen zwischen Forschung und Anwendung aufbauen. So können sie im Anschluss ihre Erfahrungen im kostenfreien Open Roberta Lab vertiefen und in der Schule oder zu Hause im Internet eigene Programme zur Automatisierung von Robotern erstellen. Weitere Informationen: lab.open-roberta.org.

»Erfahren, wie spannend Technik sein kann«

»Das allein wird nicht reichen, um die komplexen Zusammenhänge der Automatisierung in Gänze zu verstehen. Aber es ist ein Anfang. In weiteren Workshops, Open Lab Days und Hackathons werden wir die junge Generation dazu animieren, sich mit diesen Technologien und deren Einsatzpotenzialen nachhaltig zu beschäftigen. Für uns ist das Nachwuchsförderung vor der Haustür«, so Werner Kraus vom Fraunhofer IPA.

Unter dem Motto »Forschen-Staunen-Lernen – Entdeckerfreude für Entdeckerfreunde« gibt es bereits seit sechs Jahren eine Patenschaft zwischen dem Kinder- und Jugendhaus Vaihingen und dem Fraunhofer IPA in direkter Nachbarschaft. Wissenschaftler des Instituts vermitteln in regelmäßigen Vorträgen und Workshops interessierten Schülerinnen und Schülern anschaulich und erlebbar vielfältige Themen aus der Welt der Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung. So wurden beispielsweise das Stuttgart Exo-Jacket, das Future Work Lab und das Planspiel Industrie 4.0 präsentiert. Zukünftig wird die Robotik – eines der Kernthemen des Instituts – einen weiteren thematischen Schwerpunkt bilden.

Kinder und Jugendlichen immer wieder in Kontakt mit der Welt der Wissenschaft. Bei Exkursionen und in Workshops erfahren sie mit allen Sinnen, wie spannend Technik sein kann. Das ist schon erstklassig und stimuliert das Interesse für die naturwissenschaftlichen Fächer«, freut sich Klaus Hausch, Leiter des Jugendhauses Stuttgart- Vaihingen. Zu den Höhepunkten zählten in der Vergangenheit Besuche im Vision Lab zur Künstlichen Intelligenz, in der ARENA2036 zur Zukunft des Automobils und bei »Kevin allein im Labor« zum Thema Personalisierte Gesundheit.

Über die Ferry-Porsche-Stiftung

Die 2018 gegründete Ferry-Porsche-Stiftung fördert und initiiert gemeinnützige Projekte in den Bereichen Bildung und Wissenschaft, Soziales, Umwelt, Kultur und Sport. Mit ihrem gesellschaftlichen Engagement will die Stiftung vor allem junge Menschen an den Unternehmensstandorten der Porsche AG unterstützen. Namensgeber ist Ferry Porsche, der 1948 die Sportwagenmarke Porsche gründete und als sozial verantwortlich handelnder Unternehmer mit Herz stets den Menschen in den Mittelpunkt stellte.

Stewbot – A hand made wooden collectable robot

You may well have noticed, whist drifting through Instagram or Facebook, a new “Bot-on-the -block” who goes by the name of Stewbot.

‘Is this a new “high-tech” robot?’ I hear you ask, or a “highly sophisticated robot from another planet?”… well.. no.. actually, it’s a cute little dude made from all kinds of beautiful and wonderful woods.

Stewbot is the creation of “wood-be, wanna-be” wood maker, graphic designer by day, Stewart Sutters from the UK. He started out only a year ago on his woodwork adventure, and created the first Stewbot.

Stewart has taken the Stewbot brand by the horns, and has trade marked the name and brand, and has also had the design protected by the Intellectual Property Office (UK).

Whilst Stewbot may, at first, seem like a wooden robot toy, he is in fact, best described as a wooden sculpture or piece of wooden art. Stewart says “ Stewbot has never been intended as a toy, and most people who have bought one, have placed him on their mantle piece, or as an office desk ornament”, he continues “each Stewbot is lovingly hand crafted, and takes many hours, sometimes days to complete. Each Stewbot has been individually stamped for authenticity, has a number engraved on his back in order of creation, and are individually named.”

Each Stewbot comes complete with label, birth certificate, a set of stickers, and often a little treat inside the packaging… Stewart says, “ I really want to create an amazing experience of receiving a Stewbot, and so far, the reaction from people receiving them has been amazing”.

Alongside the Stewbots, comes what is described by Stewart Sutters as a “tributebot”. This is a little Stewbot that is customised into a celebrity or personality.  These are one-offs, and make up part of the Stewbot personal collection . These tributebots have even gained some attention from the BBC in the UK, and have been reported on in the news.

Stewbot has also been the feature of a children’s picture book that has been produced by Stewart. Stewbot Comes Down to Earth is aimed at young children, and is the story of how Stewbot came to be on Earth. The story brings Stewbot, and his personality to life.. even down to the fact that he likes the odd tipple of teak oil… and has a dislike for lumberjacks…

Stewbot is a really unique work of art, and looks great on any mantle piece or shelf…. As these are individual works of art, the only way at present to buy one is to contact Stewart at [email protected]. Also, go check out and follow him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/stewbot_uk or visit his website www.stewbot.co.uk.

Quantum Integration Launches Its Complete IoT Platform on Kickstarter

The Quantum platform gives electronic enthusiasts, educators and developers total control of their IoT network. Built for novices and experts alike, anyone can control anything from a remote temperature sensor to an automated home and even robots with ease.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 28, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Quantum Integration is announcing the launch of its Kickstarter campaign for the Quantum platform, beginning Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Built from the ground up with a complete set of hardware and software, the Quantum platform allows anyone to build custom plug-and-play IoT devices that easily communicate with each other any way the user desires. With a graphical user interface for creating custom firmware for IoT devices and the applications that control them, programming is not required.​

“We’re incredibly excited to open up this kind of technology to the mainstream,” says Michael Barnick, CEO and founder of Quantum Integration. “Hobby electronics and the IoT space in general can be intimidating for some, and platforms require a degree of programming knowledge. Our platform’s features like the drag-and-drop App Builder and automated Firmware Generator make developing complex projects simple, and users easily create and take on their own projects in record time.”

With a goal of $25,000, the Kickstarter campaign will run from July 28, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2020. Products will be ready to ship in September 2020.

Backers can choose from a variety of pledges, which are:

  • The Q-Server Central Core – The heart and power of the IoT platform which provides complete control of the entire IoT network.
  • Q-Client Builder Base – The easiest way for users to build their own custom IoT devices; can add virtually any sensor or device to the network.
  • Starter Kit – A wide variety of electronic components ready for immediate use on the Quantum IoT platform​.

Limited quantities at an incredible discount are available for early backers. For more information and to become a backer, visit the Quantum Kickstarter campaign.

About Quantum Integration Inc.​​

The Quantum IoT platform enables electronics hobbyists to create wireless devices from a simple button to complete home automation and robots, and control it with custom apps and firmware without coding, all through a central server. The power of making!​​

For more information, visit www.quantumintegrate.com.

The Crafty Robot launches the most accessible telepresence robot ever

London, England – July 21st 2020 The Crafty Robot today launches Smartipresence, a low cost telepresence robot that works with a smartphone, based on their Smartibot robotics platform. Created by product designer Ross Atkin, Smartipresence kits are available for pre-order on Kickstarter from £50 ($62).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rossatkin/smartipresence-cardboard-telepresence-robot

Smartipresence builds on top of the existing Smartibot app-connected cardboard robot platform, adding extra components to create a dedicated telepresence robot. Slide a phone into the cradle, put the robot online then send a loved one a link to the pilot webpage allowing them to appear on-screen just like a video call, except they have the additional ability to move themselves around. Using controls on the pilot page your friends and family members can drive forward, backwards, left and right and they can tilt the phone to look up or down.

Smartipresence comes as a kit combining cleverly designed cardboard parts with re-usable electronics, allowing owners to build their own telepresence robots by hacking battery operated toys, using LEGO, radio controlled vehicles or 3D printers.

“It’s awful not being able to visit loved ones right now and I wanted to make something to help” explained Ross Atkin. “I thought telepresence might be useful, but not the robots designed for corporate environments that cost thousands. I realised that the Smartibot kit already had most of the parts you’d need to make a really accessible telepresence robot that would work in people’s homes. So I designed the extra cardboard parts to make the experience as good as it could be, and worked with Altrubots to put together the software. It’s turned out great. It’s not quite as good as actually being somewhere but it’s a whole lot better than a video call.”

As Smartipresence is an expansion for the Smartibot the kit, it also includes everything from the previous set, including parts to make the A.I. bot, Unicorn and Teabot. The kit includes 10 hours of telepresence using Smartipresence service with additional 10 hour usage codes available at £5 each. There are no accounts and the system collects no personal information from users.

The telepresence system has been created in partnership with Altrubots, creators of the ‘RC Everywhere’ system used in publicly controllable robots that perform helpful functions like trash collection.

John Stewart, Altrubots software lead, said  “It’s amazing to be creating a world wide communication system that’s going to allow normal people to use robots to communicate, it’s the closest thing to Princess Lea coming out of the R2D2 that we’re going to get right now.”

Smartibot Technical Specs

Kit contentsHardware FeaturesSoftware Features
1 x Smartibot Circuit Board3 x DC Motors + Gearboxes1 x 4AA Battery Box1 x Cardboard Smartipresence Parts1 x Cardboard A.I. Bot Parts1 x Cardboard Unicorn Parts1 x Cardboard Teabot Parts2 x Glass Marbles2 x ScrewdriversStainless Steel Fixings Rubber BandsRobot can move forward and back, rotate and tilt the phone to look up or down
NRF 52 series ARM Cortex-M4F based Bluetooth system-on-chip
Espruino runtime
USB/Bluetooth programming
Smartipresence system comprising pilot webapp and robot iOS app and webapp
iOS and Android app for remote control mode and A.I. mode (YOLO A.I.)
Programmable with JavaScript or code blocks from a web browser using Espruino

Smartibot can be found on Kickstarter starting at £50 ($63) for a limited time.

Quantum Integration Launches the First IoT Platform Designed Specifically for Electronic Hobbyists; coming to Kickstarter soon!

Makers can create custom apps and firmware without coding through a simple graphic UI and control any wireless device through a central server within the Quantum IoT Platform.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 25, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Frustrated with Arduino’s limitations and a desire to wirelessly automate devices in the home, Michael Barnick, 58, founded Quantum Integration to bring a new level of integration and IoT to home automation enthusiasts. With his background in computer engineering, including management at Apple Computer, and as an experienced tech startup entrepreneur, he decided to change the industry and finally making it easy for electronics hobbyists to make and manage their very own IoT networks.

“Single-use IoT devices like ‘Nest’ are no longer enough for those wanting more control. The Quantum IoT platform is unique in that it allows easy integration of any number and type of device. It’s plug-and-play from beginning to end and designed for novices and experts alike,“ said Mr. Barnick. “It is now easier than ever to build custom automation projects from using remote temperature sensors, lighting control, security systems, entire high-end home automation, and even robots. The only limit is your imagination!”

Quantum Integration is a California-based corporation founded in 2017, specializing in IoT platforms and devices. Their products include servers, wireless IoT devices and their own proprietary operating system.

They also offer a Starter Bundle that includes a Q-Server and two Builder Bases for only $249, which provides a complete IoT platform, enabling anyone to build sophisticated and purposeful projects.

Hardware products will be available for a discounted purchase price on Kickstarter, starting mid-July 2020, and will later be available from online resellers or directly at quantumintegrate.com, beginning mid-August 2020.

“Using the Quantum IoT Platform, I was able to do in minutes what would have taken days on Arduino. If you’re an electronics hobbyist or enthusiast with a love for wireless devices, the Quantum IoT Platform is for you!” said Joeran Kinzel, Co-Founder.

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About Quantum Integration

Quantum Integration delivers a user-friendly IoT platform that empowers electronics enthusiasts and hobbyists to build high tech projects from a simple button to home automation and robots. Leveraging the combination of multiple Q-Client Builder Bases, Q-Servers and a straightforward developer environment, users can write apps and create custom firmware without coding. Quantum Integration provides a superior experience in the home. The company’s platform eliminates the barriers prohibiting adoption of home automation, making it the new standard for convenience. The key to accomplishing this is the company’s unique platform designed specifically for a wide range of low-cost Bluetooth devices. Quantum Integration also provides a graphic based development environment that allows fast and easy control of any custom device. Along with a smart plug-and-play feature, users can add and use devices on the network in a matter of seconds, at a price point and scalability unmatched by any of the competitions in the sphere.

Find the Kickstarter project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/quantumintegration/the-complete-iot-platform-for-electronic-hobby-enthusiasts

New HD-1500 mobile robot from Omron expands autonomous materials transport options with 1500kg payload capacity

HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. (PRWEB) JULY 22, 2020

Omron Automation Americas, a global leader in mobile robotics and other advanced industrial automation solutions, recently launched the HD-1500 mobile robot that can handle bulky objects weighing up to 1500kg. This addition to Omron’s robotics portfolio comes after the LD-250 mobile robot launch and further expands manufacturers’ options for autonomous material transport.

Manufacturers are facing a growing need to automate their material handling operations due to an industrial demand for increased productivity and flexibility coinciding with challenges in finding and properly utilizing skilled workers. Social distancing requirements implemented in response to the COVID-19 epidemic further complicate the difficulty of relying on the manual completion of these types of tasks. Mobile robots help fast-paced manufacturing environments maintain speed and flexibility amid these challenges.

The robots automatically calculate the best route for material transportation while navigating safely around people and obstacles without requiring magnetic floor tapes or other guides. This makes them an effective solution for companies seeking to improve flexibility and maximize floor layout options. Omron’s Fleet Manager software controls up to 100 mobile robots of different sizes, configurations and payload capacities, so customers can use the HD-1500 together with the LD-60, LD-90 and LD-250 robots under one system.

The HD-1500’s powerful structure makes it well-suited for industries in which transporting heavy items like car chassis and voluminous pallets is required. By handling some of the transport tasks that would otherwise require a forklift, the new robots also help minimize sources of risk for employees, since forklifts can lead to serious accidents. The HD-1500 offers 360° safety coverage to promote a collaborative and safe working space, and the stop position accuracy of the Cell Alignment Positioning System (CAPS) has also been improved. It even has an onboard, user-accessible Omron PLC.

Highlights of the HD-1500 include:

Higher payload and sturdier structure. The HD-1500 addresses the market need to move bulky items and pallet-size payloads in manufacturing facilities and reduce forklift usage.

Support for highly mixed fleets. Using Omron’s Fleet Manager, customers can manage diverse fleets up to 100 mobile robots, including the HD-1500.

Faster ROI. As the need for greater efficiency in the workforce increases, the HD-1500 helps automate complex and dangerous tasks so that workers can do more with less equipment.

An easy-to-customize solution. The HD-1500 is easy to deploy, so customers can easily add it to their fleets without worrying about safety, compatibility, or performance.

Additional features include:

  •     Battery charges in 36 minutes to realize greater efficiency and less downtime
  •     360° safety scanning lasers used for simultaneous localization and safety functionality
  •     Superior navigation using adaptive safety zones with LiDAR technology
  •     Improved CAPS technology to improve docking accuracy and repeatability
  •     Onboard, user-accessible Omron PLC

Industry professionals interested in learning more about the HD-1500 are encouraged to visit the product page on the Omron website by clicking here.

About Omron Automation
Omron Automation is an industrial automation partner that creates, sells and services fully integrated automation solutions that include sensing, control, safety, vision, motion, robotics and more. Established in 1933 and currently headed by President Yoshihito Yamada, Omron’s about 30,000 employees help businesses solve problems with creativity in more than 110 countries. Learn more at automation.omron.com.

CircuitMess STEM Box – Learn the skills of the future with electronic projects delivered to your doorstep

Technology has become an integral part of our lives, but just a small number of people on the planet actually have the tools, access, or knowledge to create new technology. CircuitMess is here to change that with the STEM Box

CircuitMess STEM Box is a unique learning experience that will teach you the skills of the future. Autonomous driving, Sound synthesis, Voice Recognition, Wireless communication, Gaming, and Machine learning – these are just some of the topics you’ll learn about with STEM Box.  Every three months, you’ll get a new interesting product based on a different topic delivered at your doorstep. 

CircuitMess announced the following 6 products that will be a part of the STEM Box: 

Spencer – a codeable DIY voice assistant similar to Amazon Alexa that will show you the technology behind speech recognition and AI 

Jay-D – a DJ Mixtable that will teach you how sound synthesis works 

Wheelson – a DIY robot car that will show you how autonomous vehicles work 

ByteBoi – a build-it-yourself game console that will explain what video game engineering is and how microcomputers work 

Chatter – CircuitMess’s unique communication devices that will teach you about wireless communication 

Clockstar – a machine-learning -powered smartwatch 

STEM Box’s Kickstarter campaign is launching on Monday, June 29th 2020 with a goal of 15.000,00 USD  The estimated delivery date for the first STEM Box is November 2020. (Just in time for Christmas!) 

Third Kickstarter project for a Croatian ed-tech startup 

This is CircuitMess’s third crowdfunding campaign, following two very successful ones. 
CircuitMess started with a Kickstarter campaign for MAKERbuino – a DIY game console. The first campaign raised more than $100,000, followed by a Kickstarter for MAKERphone – a DIY mobile phone that raised more than $300,000 in 2018. 

Since then, CircuitMess has delivered more than 15,000 devices to customers all around the globe. 

“We’ve figured out that our customers really like our work and want to learn even more. That’s why we decided to create the STEM Box. I am really proud of our Trustpilot page where we invite all of our customers to post honest and unfiltered reviews”, says Albert Gajšak, the CEO of CircuitMess. 

About CircuitMess 

CircuitMess is a technology startup founded in Karlovac, Croatia in 2017 by Albert Gajšak and Tomislav Car after a successful Kickstarter campaign for MAKERbuino. 
Currently, CircuitMess is employing 15 young ambitious people and have recently moved to a new office in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, in search for more smart people that will help them create new electronic products and bring technology to the crowd in a fun and interesting way. 

Nabot by Ximpatico

Nabot is a programmable robot that can autonomously perform tasks such as sanitizing packages, mopping the floor, vacuuming, collecting small objects, and playing with pets. Nabot is both the robot to play with and a tool to explore the world of AI and coding. Nabot was previously marketed as a remote control robot but we upgraded it with artificial intelligence and a coding interface and turned it into a smart and autonomous robot. Nabot can introduce children to the coding concepts and make them interested in STEM fields. It can also be a great assistive technology for the disabled and elderly and help them with activities of daily living. That has been the topic of Ph.D. research of the founders.

How does it work?

Nabot’s coding interface consists of blocks, which users will drag, drop, and attach them together to write a code for Nabot. These coding blocks enable the user to move the robot forward/backward, rotate the robot left/right, move each of the joints individually or all together, create custom categories of objects and write code for when the robot detects an object from a certain category, mark/assign objects to one of these custom categories, create variables and use them in various math equations, and other basic programming logic blocks such as if, else, repeat, loop, while. There is also a more advanced Python API for hackers to program complicated and useful tasks.

User’s privacy is our priority. Nabot does not send or store any information outside the user’s phone. All the processing is done on the phone and the application doesn’t even need an internet connection (except for logging in).

About Ximpatico

We are Ximpatico, a venture-backed startup based in the US with offices in San Jose, CA and Orlando, FL. Founders are a couple of Ph.D. graduates in computer science and engineering behind the state-of-the-art in AI and robotics. We developed a cutting-edge AI technology back in 2016 in our research lab.

Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ximpatico/nabot-ai-trainable-and-programmable-robot?ref=brgm6n

New LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robot Inventor lets creators build and bring to life anything they can imagine

  • Builders can create and code one of five personality-packed robots or dream-up and build their own creations
  • Robot Inventor uses drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch as well as Python to support those new to robotics
  • Over 50 new challenges and fun activities to help all abilities build coding confidence in a fun, exciting way

June 12th, 2020 – Billund: Today, the LEGO Group has announced the first addition to the much-loved LEGO® MINDSTORMS® theme in seven years. The new LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor 5-in-1 set unleashes a new world of fun, creative coding possibilities and provides the ultimate playful learning experience for young inventors and creators.

For over two decades, LEGO MINDSTORMS has inspired those of all ages to test and build their confidence with technology through play. By combining the LEGO building system with robotic and coding elements, builders can create anything they can imagine, while developing the STEM skills that 7 in 10 parents say are essential to their child’s future success.

This latest evolution of the much-loved theme continues this commitment to helping children develop STEM skills in a fun and exciting way at home. The new LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor 5-in-1 model gives builders aged 10+ the power to bring one of the set’s five unique designs to life or take their own builds to the next level by programming them to walk, talk, think and do more than ever before. Kids can also code their own remote-control features for the models in the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor app or connect their own controllers to the app using Bluetooth.

Packed with 949 pieces and new LEGO Powered UP components, the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor will be available in Autumn 2020 from LEGO.com, LEGO Retail Stores and retailers globally. The LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor 5-in-1 set will be priced at £329.99/$359.99/€359.99 and includes digital building and coding instructions for these five unique robots:

  • Blast – this master robot is a stoic action hero. It can fire or hammer its way through obstacles and grab items. Builders can be the ultimate commanders, programming it to scan its environment and fire darts if it senses danger. Perfect for guarding your room!
  • Charlie – this quirky sidekick helper can give out high fives, dance, play the drums, deliver small gifts, and charm friends with its smile.
  • Tricky – the sporty bot is the ultimate athlete. Code it to complete the perfect slam dunk or master a plethora of robot sports: basketball, bowling or soccer – the list goes on and on.
  • Gelo – a real life four-legged robot. Its unique mechanism means it can walk, avoid obstacles, and even perform tricks.
  • M.V.P. – The Modular Vehicle Platform gets the job done. Create and code your own remote control and build the M.V.P. into a buggy, a crane, a shooter turret or even a brick-eating truck to pick up LEGO bricks left by the other robots.

Lena Dixen, Head of Product and Marketing Development at the LEGO Group, commented: “Since the launch of LEGO MINDSTORMS over 20 years ago, we’ve been committed to helping children and adults develop STEM skills through play. We are extremely excited to introduce a new MINDSTORMS product that offers even more creative opportunities for those of all ages, and we thank our fans for continuing to show us what is possible with LEGO MINDSTORMS. We are continually inspired by the creations the community share with us and hope that the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor inspires many more children and playful adults to explore the exciting world of robotics and coding.”

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robot Inventor (51515)

The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robot Inventor Kit is intended for builders and coders ages 10+ to discover and expand on their STEM skills at home.

  • 949 pieces
  • 5 unique models to build and code
  • The largest robot Blast stands at over 14” (36 cm) tall
  • The free LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robot Inventor coding app for kids uses coding language based on Scratch and supports Python for more advanced coders.
  • The application works across PC Windows 10 + macOS, iOS and Android tablets and smartphones as well as specific Fire OS devices.

New elements:
The new Intelligent Hub is an advanced yet simple-to-use device featuring 6 input/output ports for connecting a variety of sensors and motors. The Hub can also be used with LEGO Technic and System elements to create fun robots, dynamic devices and other interactive models.

  • LED 5×5 matrix
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 6 axis gyro/accelerometer
  • Includes a micro USB port for connectivity with compatible devices
  • Speaker
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery included

Colour sensor – able to distinguish between eight colors and measures reflected and ambient light from darkness to bright sunlight

Distance sensor – detects obstacles, programmable LED ‘eyes’ and an integrated 6-pin adaptor for third-party sensors, boards and DIY hardware.

4 x medium-angular motors feature low-profile design, integrated rotation sensor with absolute positioning

New 7 x 11 teal baseplate

New black wheels

New frames

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