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Cubelets: Modular Robotic Blocks

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Cubelets look like they’re the perfect toy for kids that are old enough to be interested in robotics and electronics but not old enough to understand an H bridge:

The cubelets standard kit comes with 20 magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots with no programming and no wires. You can build robots that drive around on a tabletop, respond to light, sound, and temperature, and have surprisingly lifelike behavior. But instead of programming that behavior, you snap the cubelets together and watch the behavior emerge like with a flock of birds or a swarm of bees.

Modular Robotics is currently out of stock on their test batch, but they expect to have more units available later this month. [via Core77]

12 thoughts on “Cubelets: Modular Robotic Blocks

  1. graham says:

    That’s my Xmas present sorted!

  2. Matthew Kim says:

    THat is beast. I need that.

  3. Dino Segovis says:

    YES YES YES… Best post so far this year!
    I love the concept of modular robotics. Love this!!!!!

  4. Manufactured Home says:

    Amazing post! I’ve bookmarked your web site as well due to the fact that I realized it is actually educational and I enjoyed reading your posts.

  5. Steve Gossett says:

    Thats an expensive must have for $300 bucks, I like it though.

  6. MAKE | MAKE at CES 2013: Hands on with Cubelets says:

    […] Robotics at CES. They’re the makers of Cubelets, a modular robotic construction kit for kids that we’ve posted about before. Here at CES, they’re showing off their kits and Emily Plage was happy to give MAKE readers a […]

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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