Meet Edison an exciting new educational robotics system. Classroom ready with loads of free downloadable teacher resources.
Originally designed for the class room environment, Meet Edison also lends himself to becoming a fantastic educational toy that can also be used at home by a LEGO® enthusiast to turn their LEGO® into remote controlled or programmed creations. Edison utilizes the already common and wide ranging LEGO® platform to provide a small, user friendly bundle specially designed for introducing beginners to the wide and amazing world of robotics. Edison provides a pathway, stepping the beginner through multiple stages from simple controlling, to programming and then to building.
If you would like to see what Edison can do CLICK on the video below, then head over to the Downloads page and grab one of the free resource books.
Free Downloadable Resources
EdBooks – Free Learning Resources
Robot Programming Software
You’re a controller
Edison is a robot capable of many different functions. Simply print out some barcodes and drive him across them to activate a range of pre-programmed features.
Edison performs different functions based on the barcode he reads as he drives over it. Print out barcodes to turn Edison into a line tracker, remote control vehicle or even a sumo wrestler!
Easy 3 button control
Edison is super easy to control. To start a program press Triangle, to stop a program press Square and to read a barcode press Circle twice.
Clap controlled driving
Edison is equipped with a sound sensor and can detect loud sounds like clapping. The program listens for a loud sound like a clap and Edison responds by turning to his right. If you clap twice he drives forward and stops.
Edison can see in the ‘dark’ using invisible light to detect obstacles and avoid collisions. The program drives Edison forward, when an obstacle is detected he reverses and then turns on the spot away from the obstacle, then continues to drive.
Edison loves light! He will drive towards the brightest light source even if it means falling off the table. Such is love! The program uses Edison’s light sensors and motors to follow a torch.
Meet the holy grail of enthusiast robotics: line tracking. Line tracking is a very popular robotics activity as it’s fun to watch the robot go around and around a track. See how many people ask you “Is that line magnetic?” The program uses Edison’s line tracking sensor and motors to follow the edge of a black line.
Bounce in borders
Ever heard of Dromophobia? Well, it’s a fear of crossing the street and we’re going to give a version of it to Edison! Cue evil laugh…Muahahaha!!! The program uses Edison’s line tracking sensor and motors to stop him from crossing a black line.
Bring on the robot wars! The program brings together bounce in borders to stay with in the ring and obstacle detection to hunt and find the opponent .
Remote control driving
So you really want to control your Edison!? Here’s your chance and you can do it with your TV remote control. This program allows Edison to learn the commands from your TV or DVD remote control.
Control Edison with your TV or DVD remote control!
Edison can scan a barcode that allows it to be controlled by most TV & DVD remote controls. Actions can be mapped to any button on the remote, such as:
- Drive Forwards
- Drive Backwards
- Turn Right
- Turn Left
- Spin Right
- Spin Left
- Play Beep
- Play Tune
Free downloadable resources
Check out our great range of Edison resources, which can be downloaded for free! These include line mats, EdBooks with new barcodes and functions, the latest version of EdWare programming software and lesson plans.
You’re a programmer
Meet Edison can also be programmed using the free downloadable Edware software, an icon base graphical programming language. EdWare uses a drag-and-drop interface to create instructions, loops and logic for Edison. Programs are downloaded to Edison using the EdComm cable. The EdComm cable plugs into the computers headphone jack and carries a pulsed audio signal to a high efficiency led. The LED converts the pulsed audio signal into light that is received by Edison’s line tracker phototransistor and loads the program into the processor.
EdWare software is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Raspberry Pi, plus iOS and Android operating systems. An online app is also available, as well as a version to install directly to Chrome. Thanks to this broad software compatibility and the 3.5mm audio jack dara transfer interface, Edison can be programmed by almost any device you can think of. This makes it great for students who can easily use their home computer, tablet or phone to learn with Edison at home.
To get started take a look at the Free Downloadable Lesson Plans. These take the beginner through a highly professional step by step, hands on, guide to programming in 10 easy lessons.
Edison is now programmable in Python! For advanced learners, EdPy will introduce learners to text based programming using one of the most popular introductory programming languages. EdPy maximises the potential of Edison’s wheel encoders and gives users superior control of Edison.
You’re a builder
Edison is LEGO® compatible, allowing you to combine and build on to Edison units to enhance their functionality. You can build all sorts of robots using Edison – the front-end loader below used the bottom Edison for driving while the top one controls the bucket tipper.
Your builder experience is only limited by your imagination. EdBook3 “You’re a Builder” is a free downloadable resource that includes builder projects to get you started. (Available soon)