mBot Wi-Fi® version - Beginner
    Product # 13957
    mBot Wi-Fi® version - Beginner
    Product # 13957
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    mBot Wi-Fi® version - Beginner

    What is mBot?

    mBot is an all-in-one solution for kids to enjoy the hands-on experience about programming, electronics, and robotics. Working with mBlock inspired by Scratch 2.0, controlled by Bluetooth, this easy-to-assemble mBot provides infinite possibilities for your kid to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

    Contracted But Not Simple

    Contains 38 assembly parts that can be assembled in 10 minutes and color-labeled RJ25 ports for convenient wiring, making sure more time can be spent on programming and creativity.

    Contracted But Not Simple
    Graphical Programming

    Graphical Programming

    Drag-and-drop graphical programming software mBlock developed based on Scratch 2.0 provides a quick way for kids to learn programming, control the robot, and realize multiple functions from the robot.

    Features of mBlock

    Features of mBlock
    Features of mBlock
    Features of mBlock
    Features of mBlock

    Fun, and Fun

    mBot is all about fun and creativity. It comes with various basic pre-assembled options, including obstacle-avoidance car, line-following vehicle, remote control car, and can be used in multiple games like balloon bursting game, soccer playing, sumo, and etc.

    Fun, and Fun
    mBot - STEM Educational Robot Kit for Kids
    mBot - STEM Educational Robot Kit for Kids
    mBot - STEM Educational Robot Kit for Kids
    Infinite Extensibility

    Infinite Extensibility

    The mechanical body of the mBot is compatible with Makeblock platform and most of Lego parts, while the electronic parts of it is developed based on the Arduino open source ecosystem. This makes sure that the mBot has infinite extensibility, using any mechanical parts and electronic modules you need to turn it into your "dream robot".

    Unique Curriculum System

    To help teachers, parents, or kids get started easier and faster, you will also find that we provide online manuals and two online courses that will be updated regularly. These online tutorials are developed and maintained by teachers, especially scratch teachers, at home and abroad. Know more here.

    Unique Curriculum System

     
    Software and Programming mBlock(graphical) based on Scratch 2.0 - Mac®, Windows®
    Arduino IDE
    Inputs Light sensor, button, infrared receiver, ultrasonic, sensor, line follower
    Outputs Buzzer, RGB LED, Infrared emitting, two motor, ports
    Microcontroller Based on Arduino Uno
    Power 3.7VDC lithium battery(charger on board) or four 1.5V AA batteries (available separately)
    Wireless Communication 2.4GHz wireless serial
    Dimensions 17 x 13 x 9 cm assembled
    Weight 400g assembled


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    4.3 / 5.0
    8 Reviews
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    Device is great, print materials etc. not so much so
    I'll get right to a few points that I hope clarify what I consider to be poorly communicated info from the manufacturer and everyone selling this device.

    WiFi vs. Bluetooth
    The core device has swappable radio modules. They plug into the same header on the main board. In addition to the Wi-Fi radio for the robot, the Wi-Fi version comes with a USB dongle that you can plug into your computer. That additional dongle why the Wi-Fi version is typically $5 more than the Bluetooth version. I haven't used the Wi-Fi version and don't know why you'd need a dongle but evidently, it makes it easier to simultaneously talk to the robot and/or your "regular" Wi-Fi network at the same time.

    Downloadable/Printable materials
    I was not impressed. Maybe they appeal to certain ages but I have elementary school age kids and have seen lots of curriculum and materials that were average to great. These are definitely below average in may opinion. Part of it is the many "not written by a native English speaker" issues but more importantly, I don't think they are logically laid out.

    Programming
    Can use Scratch, which my kids were already familiar with from other STEM type robot projects, so that was good. I have the Bluetooth device (not available at Monoprice but can be bought many other places) and it was a little non-obvious as to how to select the appropriate radio (Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth but don't choose Bluetooth, choose /dev/.....) but other than that, the programming software was reasonably well behaved.

    General Use
    The remote control works well (for and IR device) and is fairly intuitive.
    Running it from an iOS device either as a virtual joystick or as a "tilt and twist" your phone to steer the robot works well.
    Programming using Scratch was pretty good. Since Scratch supports so many devices, you sometimes run into features that may not work with your device so that's kind of expected. The basic functions of making to mBot move, respond to sensors, beep, change/flash the lights etc. all worked fine.

    Overall
    As compared with many of the other STEM type robots on the market today, I think this is a great value. It's very well made. It costs less than many of the others. It's "stronger" in terms of pushing/moving than many of them. I haven't played with any of the add-ons available. The only real drawback is it could use better documentation.



    PROS: Good value compared with other options
    Well designed/built
    Uses fairly standard programming tools
    Extensible

    CONS: Except for assembly instructions (which were fine), poorly written documentation and support materials.
    January 5, 2016
    Not Really WiFi
    This is a very good kit. However, it is NOT a WiFi kit. It uses 2.4 GHz band, the same band as WiFi. The manual states "It uses the same technology as wireless mouse..."

    PROS: Is Arduino compatible and they provide "mBlocks" (based on MIT's Scratch visual programming system). Has lots of expansion capabilities (but see Cons).

    CONS: Many of the expansion modules are "expensive" compared to what they cost for a regular Arduino.
    June 21, 2016
    Great first robot
    Bought this for my kid as a first robot experiment. Great gift. He loves it and he is trying all sorts of things with it.

    PROS: Easy to build, easy to use, fun for kids..

    CONS: None
    November 6, 2015
    Love the mBots for Teaching STEM Robotics
    I was a Kickstarter backer for the mBot, and have several that I use for teaching introductory robotics. Although it takes a little work to get the Scratch-based development environment working (mostly installing the proper serial driver on OS X), the results are quite worthwhile. The low price of the mBot couple with the number of sensors, etc., make it one of the better starting points that I've taught with. I'm especially impressed with the line sensor module. The Makeblock team had the foresight to use a pair of IR emitter/receivers to make line following much easier to program.

    PROS: Arduino-clone
    Works with Arduino programming environment
    Free Scratch-based graphical environment (drag and drop) with embedded Arduino programming environment
    Lots of sensors (IR, IR emitter/receiver, ultrasonic, light level sensor, multicolor LEDs, line follower, piezo buzzer, momentary contact button)
    Two motors with wheels and tires
    Aluminum chassis
    Comes with either Bluetooth or WiFi (either can be added later)
    Built-in charging circuit for LiPo batteries

    CONS: Getting use to the quirks in the Scratch environment (mBlock) takes a bit of time
    Does not work with Linux OS (can use with Windows or OS X in virtual machine)
    Support can be spotty (use the forums, lots of smart folks there to help)
    February 22, 2016
    Great beginner bot!!
    Easy to assemble. My son (8 years old) can quickly try it with the Scratch program. I would minus half a star for poor documentation, and took me a while to figure out how to connect mbot with Scratch the first time.

    PROS: Easy to assemble
    Scratch is easy for little kids
    Many built in sensors and devices (light sensor, ultrasonic, line tracer, motors, IR remote, etc.)
    Low price beginner bot

    CONS: Outdated documentation for how to connect mbot with Scratch
    August 31, 2016
    Great way to learn about robots
    These are perfect for kids learning how robots work. The need to be assembled which is great as it gives kids a better feel for how things work. The assembly is easy enough so it won't be a major barrier to getting going. The nice thing about this system is that you can buy many other sensors, lights, servos, arms etc. in order to provide all sorts of functionality.. The software is similar to scratch so this makes for an easy transition. for people using scratch or any of its offshoots. Even if you've never used scratch you can be up and running pretty quickly. The documentation is not the best, but there is a users forum for some help.

    PROS: East to get going
    Familiar software

    CONS: Documentation is a bit lacking
    June 8, 2016
    Good starter kit
    Good starter kit for kids to learn how robots work. One of the features they show on their web page for this item is clamps but I have not been able to buy it separately. I don't know why they even show it.. In fact, there are very few options to upgrade this starter kit, they probably expect you to buy the larger models for hundreds of dollars. Overall it is worth the money to get your young ones interested in programming.

    PROS: Reasonably priced starter kit. Works as description shows.

    CONS: Upgrade options are very limited.
    August 6, 2016
    Inert lump of metal and plastic
    Gave this to my daughter for Xmas. She had a good time assembling it—she's built a few LEGO sets in the 100-300 piece range, so she only needed a few prompts when putting it together.

    Unfortunately, the fun stopped there.

    With batteries installed in both the robot and the included remote (seriously, how hard is it to include a coin cell in a kit?), the robot showed no signs of movement no matter what buttons we pressed. I found a few references on Makeblock's forum to a firmware issue, but it is surprisingly difficult to even figure out what the latest version of their software is, let alone where to download and install it. There are a few video tutorials, but they show an older version of the software (on Windows I have only Macs), and include advice like "go install this extension" without telling you how to actually do that.

    Mind you, I have a BS in Computer Science and I've been getting paid to write software since 1998. Despite those advantages, I can't figure out how to get this alleged "robot" to do a damn thing. If Monoprice won't take it back, the most educational value my daughter and I are going to get out of this will come from removing the batteries and placing the entire thing in our "science microwave".

    PROS: - Assembly instructions are relatively clear
    - Applying a sledgehammer to it will probably be quite entertaining

    CONS: - Cannot get it to do anything more than light up two LEDs
    - Support is either outdated or completely missing
    January 17, 2016
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