It began as a promising idea for a university project and today inspires fans from all over the world. It has been seven years since Tinkerbots founder Leo came up with the idea for a smart robot building kit. For this reason, we would like to time travel with you to the early days of Tinkerbots.
In 2009, a project work that inventor and founder Leo had to do for his product design studies at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany was decisive for the development of our robotic building kit. Leo had the task to create a “wish machine”. The inspiration for that came from his own childhood. He remembered how easy and fun it was to build things with his wooden Fröbel blocks when he was a child. LEGO® bricks gave him the possibility to create his own world and the Game Boy gave him access to new digital world. All of these wonderful childhood memories combined developed into the idea for a prototype for a modular building kit.
The university project was a huge success and it soon became obvious that there is a lot of potential in this toy. A building kit which allows you to build and move your own robot. Together with Christian and Matthias, Leo has founded the Kinematics GmbH in 2011 in order to put this unique toy on the market and give tinkerers the chance to be creative. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, first investors and enthusiastic customer reviews Tinkerbots is now on its way to conquer all kid’s rooms on this planet.
Over the years, Tinkerbots building kits have changed. At the beginning, the bricks were dreary and the modules were moveable cuboids. The Powerbrain also looked different then, even though it was already the head and the brain of the robot. With more experience and a bigger team with many experts, we were able to optimize our building kit. Today, Tinkerbots is a smart toy for kids and adults.
If you want to relive the beginnings of Tinkerbots we have a special time travel prepared for you!