Meet the New Edison V2.0
So what is new with Edison V2.0?
Edison now has wheel encoders. Wheel encoders allow Edison to travel specific distances at exact speeds – think of it as cruise control. Edison can now also turn to specified angles and drive straight – very straight.
Edison’s obstacle detection is now more precise and can be calibrated for longer range sensing.
Longer battery life – higher quality components and smarter sleep mode that uses less power.
Edison can now be awoken by just pressing the triangle button.
A more sensitive clap sensor – round of applause!
Edison’s new clutch system prevents damage to the internal gears even under the most aggressive punishment.
Our users have spoken… We have listened. Edison will be programmable from three different platforms aimed at: basic, intermediate, and advanced learners.
- For basic learners EdBlocks a ‘scratch- like’ platform for Edison, based on a collection of graphical “programming blocks” children snap together to create programs. This will allow our younger learners to build the knowledge and confidence necessary to start coding (scheduled release November 2016).
- For intermediate learners: EdWare our graphical robot programming software will be maintained. EdWare is now available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS (iPad), Android, Chromebook, and as an online app.
- For advanced learners EdPy. Edison is now programmable in Python – EdPy is designed to extend Edison’s functionality and teach higher level programming concepts. Edpy will maximise the use of Edison’s encoders and it will give our users superior control of Edison (Scheduled release late September 2016).
There you have it guys... a better, tougher, more functional Edison! And all for the same price!
The super affordable, programmable robot. Your stepping stone into the exciting world of science and technology!
Have you ever wanted to get into robotics, but found it too difficult or expensive?
- Affordable – $73+GST each and just $64+GST each for a full class set
- Programmable – Free open source graphical programming software
- LEGO® compatible – Modular and easily expandable
- Easy to use – Has many pre-programmed functions activated by barcodes
- Remote control – Learns commands from TV/DVD remote controls
- Suitable for all ages – From 5 to 95
- Built to last – Yes, the car scene in the video is real!
…so what will you invent?
Who is Edison for?
Edison is for students of all ages and also for both beginner and experienced hobbyists. You can buy a single robot for under $100 and learn computer programming just like other robotics systems which can cost much, much more. Edison is a great resource for teachers as classroom sets are now very affordable for schools – it’s now possible to have one robot per student. Edison is modular and LEGO® compatible. He provides a scalable way to build any size robotic invention.
Edison is the perfect teaching and learning robot for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities!
What can Edison do?
Edison full of amazing features and functionality.
- infrared obstacle detectors (left and right)
- line tracking sensor
- light sensors (left and right)
- infrared receiver
- infrared transmitter
- piezo sounder
- sound sensor
- two motors with variable speeds
- left and right red LED lights
- and three control buttons
- navigate his way around by detecting obstacles to his left or right
- be controlled by a standard TV/DVD remote
- follow a line or stay within a border
- follow a flashlight
- communicate with another Edison using infrared light – robot swarms anyone?!!
- play beeps and musical tunes
- respond to clapping and other loud sounds
- move in any direction through his differential drive system
EdWare is a fun way to start learning computer programming.
This simple ‘drag and drop’ graphical programming language uses CONTROL,READ, DATA and FLOW instructions that are linked together in a logical ’flowchart’ style.
Advanced programming is just a mouse click away – up to 1000 command icons can be used in a single program. Sophisticated programs using 16-bit maths and event interrupts can also control one Edison, or several Edisons operating together.
EdWare is a free open source program that runs on Mac, Linux, and Windows computers.
To upload your program to Edison, the supplied EdComm data cable is simply connected between your computer’s headphone jack and Edison. Then press PLAY and let Edison do the rest!
EdComm uses audio encoded data to transfer your program to Edison. This happens via your computer’s headphone socket, so no additional driver software is required to be installed.
If you want to learn more about how to control Edison – download the EdWare beta and try for yourself at www.meetedison.com/downloads – it’s really easy to install, but you’ll need an Edison to run the program.
Edison has been designed, as not only a stand-alone robot but also as a modular robotics system that is easily expandable using LEGO® bricks.
Two or more Edisons can be connected together. For example, you can create a bulldozer, where the bottom Edison becomes the wheel driving mechanism and the top Edison controls the bucket tipper.
New inventions are only limited by your own imagination!
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