Kitronik has extended its :MOVE Mini Buggy with a rage of new functions.
Powered by the micro:bit computer, the buggy was developed as a fun introduction to the world of robotics and supports the micro:bit’s core mission of boosting coding skills.
Users can build and code their own two-wheeled robot which can be controlled remotely from smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth via the free Kitronik Move App.
The new range includes:
Sporty Bumper Buggy
One for the sports fanatics is the Bumper add-on which can transform the buggy into a ball playing robot. Great for competitive games such as football or hockey, or any ball games invented by its makers, the Bumper is a self-assembly add-on kit made from the same materials as the :MOVE mini and had been designed in keeping with the :MOVE mini aesthetic.
This robust add-on enables makers to use the :MOVE mini in a variety of situations where robotic muscle is required! This add-on gives the buggy the power to lift and carry stuff as well. The self-assembly bulldozer comes with the servo required to move the bulldozer add-on up and down.
A very simple Servo:Lite board hack that enables the control of the third servo, you can find out how here. Once the kit is fully assembled, the bulldozer arm can be coded with the Microsoft MakeCode Editor
Tipper Truck Buggy
This self-assembly tipper truck shows how much the :MOVE mini has developed. Just as robots often do more than just move from A to B, the tipper truck add-on can carry and dump stuff as well! Here imaginations can run riot applying the trucks movements to a range of applications, from Santa’s sleigh to a coal moving cart! Endless opportunities present themselves!
As with the Bulldozer add-on, the Tipper Truck uses the Servo:Lite board hack and the Microsoft MakeCode Editor.
Commenting on the launch of the new products, Kitronik co-founder Kevin Spurr said: “Since its launch we have seen people using the :MOVE Mini Buggy to create pieces of art and play team games by controlling the device with their smartphone!
“The new additions great expand the range of possibilities and I am looking forward to seeing our customers get creative with the buggy.”