TankBot the STEM-friendly tracked robot kit

TankBotUBTECH Robotics, the company that created the cutting-edge Alpha Series of humanoid robots, has just introduced TankBot.

TankBot is the latest addition to UBTECH’s line of STEM-friendly Jimu Robots aimed at kids and teens.

This is the first Jimu Robot to run on tank treads. This naturally hands it unprecedented mobility.

As well as its go-anywhere skills it also features an infrared sensor that allows it to follow commands to detect, pick up or manoeuvre around objects.

TankBot is an interactive building block system that combines learning and fun as kids build, program and share their robot creations.

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TankBot kit

The Jimu Robot kit has all the parts, connectors and servo motors needed to build TankBot – or your own invention.

The kit includes the Jimu Robot app with step-by-step 3D instructions. These include zoom and 360 degree views to make building the robot easy.

Once built, the app features pre-programmed actions with Blockly coding. You can also program your own actions to make TankBot do almost anything.

An in-app joystick remote lets you control your tracked robot on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, if that’s more your thing.

tankbot carryingAdditionally, the app connects users to the global Jimu community. This allows you to share your creation or programming with Jimu Robot lovers around the world.

The Jimu Robot app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is available free.

John Rhee, General Manager, North America, UBTECH said

TankBot is an exciting new addition to the Jimu Robot family that kids are going to love. Its cute and personable face and design will appeal to both boys and girls, and kids will enjoy watching TankBot move seamlessly on its tank treads. Further, users will be amazed by TankBot’s ability to respond to commands as well as its ability to pick up objects. What kids will love most about TankBot, however, is knowing that they themselves are responsible for creating this robot and bringing their new friend to life.”

What’s inside the kit

  • 6 Smooth Motion Robotic Servo Motors
  • Infrared Sensor
  • 190 Snap-Together Interlocking Parts & Connectors
  • Main Control Box
  • Long Life, Quick Recharging Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Recharging Power Adaptor
  • Free Jimu Robot App
  • Quick Start Guide

Jimu Robots were designed to enrich children’s lives and are appropriate for children over 8, and are especially strong for boys and girls 9-14.

All the Jimu Robots were built from the ground up to specifically meet the needs of STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum.

Jimu Robot TankBot price and availability

The Jimu Robot TankBot Kit retails for £144.95 and is exclusively available at Apple.com and in select Apple Stores.

Find out more about the kit at the Jimu site.