mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi Programmable Robot Kit, Beginner
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    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi Programmable Robot Kit, Beginner

    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi


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



    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi®

    Programmable Robot Kit


    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.


    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi
    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi


    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.

    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi
    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi
    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi



    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi



    Fun and More 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.

    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi


     

    Infinite Extensibility

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

    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi






    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi




     
    Software and Programming mBlock (graphical) based on Scratch 2.0 for Mac® OS X® and Windows®, Arduino IDE
    Inputs Light sensor, Buttons, Infrared receiver, Ultrasonic sensor, Line follower
    Outputs Buzzer, RGB LED, Infrared emitter, 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 Bluetooth®
    Dimensions 6.7" x 5.1" x 3.5" (170 x 130 x 90 mm)
    Weight 14 oz. (400 grams)
     


    Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance.

    LEGO®, the LEGO logo, the Brick, Knob configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

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    Microsoft® and Windows® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

    The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.


     
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    Is this the Bluetooth version or 2.4G version? The description appears to state both.
    A shopper on Nov 22, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Bluetooth. See my upcoming review. There is NO WiFi version. There is/was a school version called "2.4G", the same frequency band Bluetooth and WiFi (and microwave ovens and cordless phones) use, but it seems to be a proprietary wireless-mouse device that's better for multiple-user environments. Don't bother if it's just for yourself. Makeblock lists an accessory "2.4G" block.
    Can you confirm this is the version that has onboard Bluetooth?
    A shopper on Nov 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I ordered and just received 2 of these - they are both definitely the Bluetooth version, not 2.4G.
    Does this come with the a remote? I don't see it in the parts list.
    David N on Nov 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I got the Bluetooth version, so The best controller is via iPhone app. I don't recall a separate controller. You can also press a button on the mBot to make it start automatic obstacle avoidance, which is pretty fun too. My 9 yr old nephew figured out, totally on his own, how to change the iPhone interface, and had the mBot play a little musical riff when he presses a virtual button, plus other cool things
    What ages is this kit appropriate for?
    A shopper on Dec 15, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: If your objective is for them to program, I suggest 7 and up with an interest in programming. Under that it's an expensive remote control vehicle that doesn't do a lot of exciting stuff.
    Is this a line tracer robot?
    New User U on Jun 10, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, it comes with a sensor that will follow a line. My son put lines of electrical tape all over the floor for it to follow.
    Is this a line tracer robot?
    A shopper on Jun 10, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Line tracing is one of the modes. Another mode has it do simple obstacle avoidance. You can also use an iphone interface to cause it to make various sounds and control it. You can put together different controller components using the iphone interface. I'm hoping they will improve the iPhone interface so you can actually do some programming, but now that interface is basically a configurable remote controller. From what I understand, you have to have the usb interface to download programs now, and this model does not come with that. You have the choice of the bluetooth, or the usb, so you would have to change cards.
    Would it be strong enough to pull a lego trailer holding say a salt and pepper shaker?
    A shopper on Dec 7, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Shouldn't be a problem, just remember this would have to be done on a hard surface floor and maybe on a short (industrial type) carpet. NOT on a thick carpet.
    4.6 / 5.0
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    Excellent Motivational Learning Device
    I bought one for my 12 yr. old grandson, and am ordering 3 more for others. I also bought a larger model (Ranger) for myself, just to keep up. My career included designing automated computer-based laboratory equipment and data systems, but I have fallen behind in recent years. Fallen behind is a common occupational disease in technology.

    This was a quick, easy assembly job. Very high quality structural components. Easy plug-together electrical connections. No cutting/stripping/soldering. All parts are metric (actually much better). Most screws are hex-socket (Allen) head, even easier for kids than Philips; a high-quality Philips/Hex driver is included. A few 7mm hex nuts need to be held while screws are being tightened, but a pair of long-nose pliers (e.g. my Leatherman Wave pocket tool) is fine. Holding the nut with a finger while tightening the screw also works. And they generously include extra fasteners!

    The robot worked perfectly first try. Do buy a good set of 4 rechargeable AA batteries and charger with the kit and save yourself money. I use a Panasonic “K-KJ17MCA4BA Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger Pack with 4AA Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries (4 pack”. Eventually get an extra 4 batteries to keep it running longer for the Science Fair judges! The included remote control has no battery since recent lithium-battery scares complicate shipping. Buy a CR2025 or just download the free Android or IOS "Monoblock" app to a smartphone and pair it to the robot. There are three built-in programs: Manual Driving, Track Following (big paper chart with thick black line included), and Roomba(tm) mode obstacle avoidance using ultrasonic distance sensing. The app can select modes remotely, and also displays distance-sensor and sound-monitor charts. It also has a cute feature that lets you draw a path on the phone display that the robot will follow on the floor.

    These are fun toy functions, but unlike a toy this encourages kids to learn programming and robot design. They may initially need help to download software from the Web (links are in the very good printed instructions) and install on a computer. There is a LOT of information, including videos, free on the Web. The main package installs what we'd call an IDE (Integrated Development Environment), which contains all the software tools needed to enter instructions for the robot, display them graphically using the very simple Scratch language (or others), run the program to simulate on the screen how the robot will perform, make changes, and finally save the program and download it to the robot to run automatically! This is the way professional systems are developed.

    This V1.1 version uses Bluetooth or included USB 2.0 cable to communicate with a computer. It does NOT have WiFi capability. There a school version they call "2.4G", the frequency band WiFi uses, that includes a short-range USB dongle like a wireless mouse. This lets a roomful of mBots run without interference, but you can’t access it via your home network. If your computer doesn't have Bluetooth already, get a cheap USB dongle for your computer.

    One reviewer was unhappy because his son wanted to add Arduino devices that are incompatible with mBot. Frankly, the boy seems well beyond the total-beginner stage this is designed for. However, the build quality of this robot is high enough to use as the core for more complex projects. It's certainly feasible to replace the computer or add one in parallel to do more complex jobs. I'd hire a person like that regardless of his/her age!

    The Computer is an Arduino Uno clone, but does not accept Arduino shields (add-on interface daughterboards for the Arduino system). Instead, Makeblock uses modular telephone RJ-25 6-conductor cables as interconnects, making it very easy to connect extra Makeblock interfaces. They sell adapter blocks for a few dollars that adapt their RJ-25 cables to two independent 4-wire micro connectors that fit some devices like small motors and servos, but you can't easily add many of the other cheap sensors and actuators on the market to your project. Makerblock sells a variety of similar devices that do easily plug into their system. They also sell shields for Arduino and Raspberry Pi boards that connect to mBot-compatible RJ-25 jacks, If you want to change platforms.

    WARNING!
    I tried making my own shorter and neater cable from 6-conductor flat stranded cable and 6P6C modular RJ-12 plugs, which seemed compatible. These physically damaged the (ostensibly) RJ-25 connectors on both the controller and the ultrasonic sensor. I had to spend an hour with fine tweezers and magnifier bending the dozen tiny contacts back into shape. Finished cables from Makerblock cost about 50 cents each, and cable ties cost pennies. I learn quickly!

    I have NO connection with Amazon, Monoprice, Makerblock, nor any other vendor, and neither seek nor receive benefits for my reviews.

    DrBob
    January 24, 2017
    Purchased
    8 months ago
    Worked great. Bluetooth module and IR remote included
    Took about half an hour to assemble with my grand daughter.
    Worked without problems, including syncing to mBot android app from playstore. Note: The IR remote requires a CR2025 battery, and the mBot requires 4 AA batteries. Rechargeable batteries preferred.

    3 modes are selected from the on board button, or IR remote.
    1. Line following mode uses light reflectance sensors to follow a black line. A paper figure 8 track is provided
    2. Wall Avoidance mode uses the ultrasonic sensor to change direction when near an obstacle.
    3. Manual remote control using either the IR remote, or mBot app.

    Haven't tried the programming capabilities yet, but looks promising. My grand daughter and I enjoy coding together at code.org, and the Scratch programming tool looks similar.

    Overall, very happy with the purchase so far. The build quality is excellent. This 1.1 version includes a clear plastic cover for the circuit board, and an improved caster wheel. Also includes a plastic case for an optional lithium battery pack if you decide to get one.
    January 10, 2017
    Excellent item!!!
    Great robot!!! Granddaughter loves it! This site had the best price! Would highly recommend.
    January 4, 2017
    Purchased
    9 months ago
    Great little beginner unit. It comes with everything you need and has good easy instructions. My son was able to put it together fairly easily with minimal help from me. Batteries not included even for the IR remote which is a less common CR type battery, so look out for that.
    January 30, 2017
    Purchased
    9 months ago
    Impressive!
    We moved from a very STEM orientated community to a new school that doesn't have elementary STEM opportunities (like Lego League). Our 10 year old was heartbroken. Enter mbot for Christmas.

    Our 10 year old was able to fully assemble by herself, download the app, and get it moving before we even knew she opened the box. She's excited to start working on the programming and getting some add on kits.
    February 20, 2017
    Purchased
    9 months ago
    review bot
    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi Programmable Robot performed as advertised and as expected. Package arrived before expected, undamaged. Would recommend this to a friend or relativel
    April 16, 2017
    Purchased
    6 months ago
    Great for a 7 years old
    It took my daughter about an hour to assemble the robot. Then it was a matter of downloading the appropriate apps, and she was off running with her new robot
    January 8, 2017
    Purchased
    9 months ago
    Hit the Mark
    This little robot was just right for my 7 year old who lives to play games on any electronic device. It was easy for him to assemble with some overseeing. The instructions don't tell you which sized hardware to use in each step, but it was pretty simple to overcome that shortcoming. Programming, which was my objective of the gift was fairly simple for him to understand and immediately tried to make modifications to the examples. I think the accessories are necessary to keep up their interest. They are easily bored by a slow moving robot. He like the IR remote control. It seems to be pretty rugged. At least it survived being kicked by 4 yr old sister.
    January 23, 2017
    Purchased
    9 months ago
    Great little robot you can program
    My daughter loves it. They are teaching coding in her school so she is able to put into practice what she learned in class.
    December 31, 2016
    Purchased
    10 months ago
    mBot v1.1 Wi-Fi Programmable Robot Kits
    my kid very like the product. I think he learn something from this.
    July 25, 2017
    Purchased
    6 months ago

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