If your love of robots predates the Web, you probably remember a little guy called the Rug Warrior Pro. Without any formal training in electronics and only one other robot under my belt, the Rug Warrior Pro was a real challenge for me to make. It probably spent as much time in my garbage can, as it did on my workbench. (I tended to toss it in the can when I’d get frustrated, only to pull it out again the next day.) Despite my frustration, I look back on the whole experience fondly. The Rug Warrior was the first thing I ever made that was more robot than toy, and I proudly showed it off to my friends.
Global Specialities has released a new robot that really takes me back to my Rug Warrior days and reminds of me the value of learning a classic programming language. The RP6V2-C might not be as flashy (or as well named) as many of the robot kits currently out on the market but it offers a solid education in the fundamentals of robotics and programming.
“This robot is a really fun way to learn computer programming,” says Global Specialities Director of Product Development Marco León.
The basic kit includes a robot with an ultrasonic anti-collision sensor, infrared sensors, light sensors, bumper sensors, and 32K of Flash memory. (Learning to code with memory constraints is a skill!) Two independent 7.2 volt motors drive the robot, which can climb gradients of 30 percent.
León says one of the things that make the RP6V2-C better than it’s competitors is the extensive manual that comes with it, which includes a short C tutorial and several sample programs for the robot.
The RP6V2-C is also expandable. Accessories include a WiFi system for controlling the robot via a laptop, and a Bluetooth kit so that the robot can be controlled from an Android device.
The robot comes prebuilt, which should make it far less frustrating for today’s high school students as they dive straight into coding.