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Do the Mobot
Our U.K. readers will know the “Mobot” as a celebration performed by our Olympic Gold long distance runner, Mo Farah, but in the 3D printing world it’s something different entirely. Introducing Barobo Inc’s educational 3D printed robots, Mobot.
The modular robots were created as an educational aid to develop 21st century skills in children. Mobots can be attached to one another using a series of connectors to form bigger robots, which can perform a multitude of tasks from rescuing balls to pretending to walking like a human (a bit like when the Muppets form Muppet Man by standing on each other’s shoulders).
The educational toys can be wirelessly programmed using Bluetooth and the creators claim that this sort of product gets children interested in school, by solving the mathematical equations required to operate a piece of technology like this.
In order to further the skills a 21st century child needs, there's now the ability to 3D print your own Mobot and create any attachment or mod you can possibly think of. Barobo have released all the files required to print the Mobot yourself, all you have to get is the Mobot-A-Kit motors, electronics and batteries.
“We’re breaking from traditional business models and relying on our users to, not just assemble the robot, but play an active role in manufacturing the plastic parts,” said Graham Ryland, President and Co-founder of Barobo Incorporated. “We’ve proven the technology in the classroom and want to get it into students’ hands as quickly and cheaply as possible. Relying on customers to manufacture their own plastic parts wasn't an option just a few years ago, but 3D printing technology has made this new way of rolling out an educational product possible."
The BETA project proved a huge success as over 30 high schools used over 300 Mobots to tie into science, technology, engineering and maths curriculums.
This is all well and good but can these Mobots do THIS?