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In our glossary you can learn everything about Tinkerbots from A to Z.

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Adapter

The adapter lets you connect Tinkerbots with LEGO® and become creative. With this tool you can build any robot you want. It gives you endless possibilities since LEGO® bricks can be found in nearly every household. The Wheeler Set and the Advanced Builder Set contain one adapter each while there are two adapters in a Sensoric Mega Set.

Advanced Builder Set

The Advanced Builder Set is one of our most famous building kits. It contains a Powerbrain, axles, wheels, an adapter for LEGO®, Cubies and motion modules like a Pivot, a Motor and a Twister. If you combine the building blocks and the modules you can create models like the Racer, Top Dog, Donnergugi, Roadster and Android L30.

App

The App Tinkerbots Control lets you control your robot models with a mobile device. Select the right model in the menu, connect your device to the Powerbrain via Bluetooth and control it. The app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for free. System requirements are Android 5.0 or iOS 7.

Arduino

With some special skills you can also program the Tinkerbots robots by yourself with Arduino. Arduino is a free open source software and hardware which makes coding easier even if you don’t have any experience with this subject. We are currently working on a detailed documentation regarding programming with Arduino.

Axles

The axles are part of every Tinkerbots building kit and very easy to use. They are designed to connect wheels and modules or Cubies.

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Bluetooth

With the help of the wireless technology standard Bluetooth 4.0 you can connect your smartphone or tablet with your Tinkerbots robot and control it. A serial interface for the connection can be found inside the Powerbrain. The 4.0 version of Bluetooth works much faster and more energy-efficient than the older versions.

Building Kit

Tinkerbots is a modular building system. This means that you get different building parts like the Powerbrain, motion modules and Cubies and put them together in order to create a real robot.

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Cube

The Cube is a special module which lets you connect up to six motion modules at once. It is only included in the Sensoric Mega Set.

Cubies

The so-called Cubies are passive building bricks which give the robot its unique look. There are blue and yellow Cubies. Altogether, there are eight different kinds of Cubies.

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Data Transmission

All the important data is stored by the Powerbrain. After connecting it with other modules the data with the information about certain motions will be transmitted automatically via the serial bus interface.

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Energy

The Powerbrain supplies your robot with energy. So make sure to charge it before you use it. After that, the energy will be transferred to the motion modules in order to make them move.

Expansions

We are currently working on expansion sets in order to add more modules and Cubies to your basic building kit.

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Functions

Tinkerbots robots have several functions. You can use your mobile device and our Tinkerbots app to control it and let it do what you want. Another function is the teach mode. It gives you the opportunity to teach the robot certain motions and he can store this information to execute it whenever you press the play button. With the smart sensors your Tinkerbot can even move autonomous and without your help.

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Grabber

The Grabber is a motion module which you can only find in the Sensoric Mega Set. It lets you grab and take objects.

H

High-Tech

Tinkerbots is a real high-tech toy. The inside of the motion modules and the Powerbrain consists of innovative technology.

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Idea

Our inventor Leo came up with the idea for Tinkerbots when he did a project for his product design studies. The task was to create a wish machine. He remembered his childhood and how he enjoyed playing with building bricks and his Game Boy. Finally, he invented a toy that combines a building kit with the digital world.

Infrared Distance Sensor

With the IR Distance Sensor your Tinkerbots robot can move autonomous and without your assistance. The module detects obstacles and how far away they are.

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Jobs

We at Tinkerbots are always looking for new and competent colleagues. If you want to become part of the team check our job page or send us an application to jobs@tinkerbots.com.

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Kids

Tinkerbots’ robot building kits are suitable for children from the age of six. The building blocks are easy to use and the remote control is intuitive. Additionally, kids get a first look on topics like robotics and mechanics.

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LEGO®

Thanks to our special adapter, Tinkerbots is compatible with LEGO®. It lets your creativity flow and helps you to create new unique robots.

Light Sensor

The Light Sensor helps your Tinkerbots robot to recognize what is happening around him. It reacts to luminous sources and their intensity.

Lithium Battery

The Powerbrain is equipped with a lithium battery in order to supply the other modules with energy. Of course, the battery is rechargeable.

M

Manual

It’s very easy to assemble all the building bricks from Tinkerbots. But if you need some help anyway, you can download the right manual for your Wheeler Set, Advanced Builder Set and Sensoric Mega Set here.

Microcontroller

Thanks to a microcontroller, the Powerbrain is the head and the heart of a Tinkerbots robot. The microcontroller is a small computer on a single integrated circuit containing a processor core, memory and programmable peripherals like a USB interface.

Motion Module

The motion modules are very important for building a robot with Tinkerbots. After all, it’s the possibility to move the robot that makes Tinkerbots so special. Motion modules are the Grabber, the Motor, the Pivot and the Twister. Every module is equipped with a small motor and it can execute certain motions.

Motor

The Motor is one of the most interesting modules from the world of Tinkerbots. It moves axles and wheels and therefore it’s the perfect part to build a robotic car. The Motor is included in all three building kits.

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Newsletter

If you want to be updated about news and special offers by Tinkerbots via email, don’t hesitate to subscribe to our free newsletter.

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Open Source

If you want to program your Tinkerbots robot on your own, that’s possible with an open source software. This kind of software has a source code which is open to the public and can be advanced by anyone.

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Pivot

The Pivot is another motion module from the Tinkerbots building kit. It is a mechanical joint which pans to the right and to the left.

Powerbrain

The Powerbrain is the most important element from our building kits. The small red cube transfers information about the motions which are about to be performed to the modules and supplies them with power. The Powerbrain also has a Bluetooth interface, a speaker, a button interface and a USB port.

Pre-Defined

Tinkerbots robots can not only be moved with the app control or the teach mode. Several motions are already pre-defined. You just need to press the play button and start the fun.

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Quality

Tinkerbots stands for quality made in Germany. We need 226 pieces for a single building kit. Most of them are developed by us and produced by partner companies from the same region in Germany. We assemble our kits completely by hand in Bernau, close to Berlin.

R

Remote Control

One possibility to get your Tinkerbots robot moving is to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control. Just download our free app and chose the right model. Inside the app, you can use a slide control to tell your robot what to do.

Robotics

With a Tinkerbots building kit you can get an insight to the world of robotics. Robotics deals with the design, construction, operation and application of robots. But also with computer systems for their control and sensor technology. While building your own robot with Tinkerbots you can study the machine and get an impression of what is possible in robotics.

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Sensoric Mega Set

The big Sensoric Mega Set is the most comprehensive compilation of modules and Cubies. The building kit contains two Pivots and two Motor modules as well a Twister, a Cube and a Grabber. Four smart sensors are included, too. The Sensoric Mega Set is suitable for kids from the age of nine.

T

Teach Mode

There are several options to make your Tinkerbots robot move. Besides the app control you can also teach the robot some motions. Press the record button of the Powerbrain and move the motion modules as you wish. The robot stores that information and he can execute what you have just told him.

Twister

The Twister module rotates in 180° and everything attached to it. The module can be found in the Advanced Builder Set and in the Sensoric Mega Set.

U

Update

Check if there are updates of our firmware or the Tinkerbots app. News with this topic can be found on our blog, on Facebook and in our newsletter.

USB

The Tinkerbots Powerbrain does also have an USB port. It can be used to charge the battery of the red cube and to connect the Powerbrain with your computer.

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Wheeler Set

The Wheeler Set is our robot building set for beginners. It comes with a Powerbrain, Pivot, Motor and Cubies, which you can use to build a Roadster or an Android L30. The Wheeler Set is suitable for kids from the age of six.

Wireless

Tinkerbots works completely wireless. All modules and the Powerbrain just have to be put together. The only wire you need for Tinkerbots is a USB cable in order to charge the Powerbrain.

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YouTube

Subscribe to our YouTube channel. It offers you a range of informative and funny videos from the world of Tinkerbots.

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