What is mBot?
mBot is an all-in-one solution to enjoy the hands-on experience of programming, electronics, and robotics. Working with mBlock inspired by Scratch 2.0, connecting with computers or smart devices via Bluetooth or 2.4G (by different version), this easy-to-assemble mBot provides infinite possibilities for you to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
What's New? – Children Safeguard
Compared to the previous verison, mBot V1.1 comes with a casing specially designed for protecting main control board. Meanwhile, the casing is atomized to safeguard children's eyes from the glare of the onboard LED.
What's New? – Better Auxiliary Wheel
The ball omni-directional wheel of previous version is replaced by a mini nylon caster wheel that performs better when moving to any direction and dramatically reduces the little clack sound caused by a steel ball.
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.
Drag-and-drop graphical programming software mBlock developed based on Scratch 2.0 provides a quick way to learn programming, control the robot, and realize multiple functions from the robot. Know more here.
Features of mBlock
Fun, and 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 like balloon bursting game, soccer playing, sumo, and etc.
The mechanical body of the mBot is compatible with Makeblock platform and most of Lego parts, while the electronic parts of it is developed based on the Arduino open source ecosystem. This makes sure that the mBot has infinite extensibility, using any mechanical parts and electronic modules you need to turn it into your "dream robot".
Unique Curriculum System
To help teachers, parents, or children get started easier and faster, you will also find that we provide online manuals and two online courses that will be updated regularly. These online tutorials are developed and maintained by teachers, especially scratch teachers, at home and abroad. Know morehere.
Bluetooth or 2.4G?
If you're trying to figure out the difference between Bluetooth version and 2.4G version, or your smart device cannot connect to mBot, please check the version of your mBot first. Here is comparison chart:
|Suitable||Individual users of family||Classroom|
|Host computer||Support Bluetooth||No|
|Paring||Bluetooth Paring||No paring,the same technology|
with wireless mouse
|Connection||Wireless connection with smartphones, tablets,|
and PCs with Bluetooth capability
|Wireless connection with PC via 2.4G adapter|
1) iOS 7 or above
2) Bluetooth®4.0 or above
*exclude iPad®1, iPad®2, iPhone®4 or below
1) Android™2.3 or above
2) Bluetooth®2.0 or above
Drivers for mBot:
Click the download zip button on the right hand side.
Open the zip file and install the mbot driver
Makeblock Orion or mBot On Yosemite:
- install the Makeblock_Orion_Driver_for_MacOSX or mBot_Driver_for_MacOSX driver
- Run the command in Terminal: sudo nvram boot-args="kext-dev-mode=1"
Makeblock Orion or mBot on OSX El Capitan.
Just like Yosemite, El Capitan requires kext driver signing. How this can be disabled in OSX 10.11 is changed however. To get the drivers to work in El Capitan you need to use the new tool csrutil as follows:
- Reboot and press CMD+R immediately after hearing the startup sound to boot to Recovery Mode
- Open Terminal
- Execute the following command: csrutil enable --without kext
- Reboot After rebooting you should see your serial ports again in the Arduino IDE or mBlock so you can program your Me Orion (or any other Arduino compatible device using CH340/CH341) again.
Motor Specification download
Software download: http://mblock.cc/download/
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