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O.R.P.K – Educational robot for each kid
ONE ROBOT PER KID. mBot is the easiest educational robot for kids to learn programming, Arduino and robotics.
mBot is a low cost, easy-to-run robot kit for kids to get hands-on experience about graphical programming, electronics, robotics. It is an all-in-one solution for robotics learning and designed for STEM education.
Cute shape with easy assembly is our goal. mBot contains only about 45 pieces in total, so it is easy to have a sense of achievement for kids to assemble in 10 mins quickly.

Since Scratch2.0 is very popular in teachers and students as a graphical programming software, it has almost been proved to be the most easy-to-use graphical programming tool. So based on Scratch 2.0, we develop a new software mBlock to use Scratch-style coding to program Arduino and robots. You are free to download from here.
New features in mBlock:

  • Based on scratch 2.0 developed by MIT Media Lab, nice interface and easy for everyone.
  • Free & source code: the software is free and support Window & Mac systems. We will also open the source code later.
  • Supports wireless communication: you can use Bluetooth or 2.4GHz wireless serial to communicate with mBot. And download the program wirelessly is supported.
  • Supports standard Arduino boards, like Arduino Uno, Lenardo boards, Makeblock mCore(Based on Arduino Uno) and etc. With open communication protocols and source code, it is easy to add new support for new hardware.
  • Easy to use: The easiest way to program your Arduino and robots.


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iPad App Blends Virtual Warfare & Real-World Characters


This project is a basic proof of concept of creating a “physical” video game using real-world characters.  For this project, a tank and robot duke it out with the help of an ArduinoiPad, and wifi.  Essentially, when the tank’s targeting system is adjusted using the iPad app, the physical tank responds accordingly.  When the tank successfully hits its target, the robot’s indicator LED turns red and the iPad app reflects the successful strike.

Both the robot and tank are equipped with Arduino Wifi modules which interact with the iPad via a PHP webpage.  While it’s just a simple proof of concept for now, think of expanding this into something like a first-person quadrocopter war!  Just imagine your tablet as a window into your quadrocopter’s cockpit with buttons to fire at and ‘destroy’ your enemy.  Awesome stuff!

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