The littleBits Space Rover Inventor kit has a thoughtful modular blueprint taking the concept of the breadboard prototyping board for testing too assembling the Space Rover xv electronic Bits which brand upward the littleBits Space Rover Inventor kit.
The Space Rover electronic Bits snap together magnetically and, simply similar the solderless breadboard, no soldering is required too thence niggling children tin forcefulness out tweak connections relatively safely. There are no abrupt edges too the blobs of solder on the Bits are shine to the touch.
The breadboard prototyping board, equally good equally the cutout cardboard templates brand the Space Rover’s chassis. You also acquire an official littleBits sticker pad to spruce upward the Space Rover.
The Space Rover inventor kit is designed too thence you lot tin forcefulness out build too customize a remote controlled planetary rover alongside similar add-ons to infinite exploration vehicles. The improver features include a probe launcher, stone crusher, object detector too low-cal detector.
Along alongside learning almost the formation of electronic circuits, the littleBits Space Rover Inventor kit comes alongside a companion app, called littleBits app, that teaches fun facts almost NASA too how the Space Rover is lay together.
Children tend to buy the farm interested inward infinite too astronomy betwixt the ages of vi too ix too thence whatever children starting out Year 2 too Year 3 of schoolhouse volition discover the Space Rover a cool fleck of kit. They acquire to live introduced to infinite exploration, piece having fun assembling their real ain fully functional NASA-like mars exploration rover.
The next parts are included:
o2 Long LED
o25 DC motors
The littleBits Space Rover kit comes alongside 2 DC motors attached to a command board alongside a switch button to manually alter the direction of the spinning motor (clockwise or counterclockwise).
o21 Number Display
The expose display Bit is a two-digit expose display that display numbers from 0 to 99 too thence you lot tin forcefulness out stair out input numerically. The littleBits expose display comes handy when criterion digitally how far an object is from the Space Rover.
No electronics projection is quite consummate without a buzzer too thence it’s prissy that the littleBits Space Rover inventor kit comes alongside one. With a buzzer, you lot tin forcefulness out select the Space Rover brand a good when it encounters an obstruction or when it senses something inward its proximity.
The bar graph is an led bar graph that measures input voltage. It’s mainly used to dot the flat of things such equally book flat or battery level. Bargraphs are institute inward many gadgets such equally ability banks, headphones too good monitoring systems.
Led bargraphs are real pop alongside Arduino projects for a visual representation of how much voltage is going through the circuit. The littleBits bargraph contains v leds too thence it’s similar having v private leds alongside v output pins too thence you lot tin forcefulness out work the littleBits led bargraph equally the Space Rover battery voltage indicator.
i13 Light Sensor
The i13 low-cal sensor plant similarly to the proximity sensor but instead of detecting objects, the low-cal sensor allows you lot to command the Space Rover alongside low-cal input too thence the amount of low-cal you lot shine into the low-cal sensor changes how the Space Rover behaves too thence you lot tin forcefulness out operate the Space Rover without hands.
The Control Hub is effectively the wireless command centre of the Space Rover letting you lot remotely command the Space Rover via bluetooth connectivity over a tablet past times downloading the littleBits mobile app from Google Play Store or App Store.
The littleBits app appears to live designed for tablet size devices exclusively equally the application user interface is fixed too volition non resize on a smartphone. If you lot don’t select a tablet at manus you lot won’t live able to work the app properly on a smartphone equally the data volition seem cutting off.
As far equally operating organisation compatibility, the tablet must run a version of Android or iOS no older than Android 5.0 too iOS 9.0 respectively.
As good equally beingness a remote command interface, the littleBits app is also the education manual of the Space Rover Inventor kit. The app contains videos on how-to build the Space Rover too completing the missions.
The littleBit w19 separate module is essentially an electrical splitter that lets you lot connect a unmarried Bit to ability 2 other Bits at once. This is extremely useful equally it allows you lot to connect, say, the i13 low-cal sensor on 1 terminate too the DC motors on the other ends to ability the 2 DC motors simultaneously to spin the Space Rover wheels.
The littleBit Space Rover kit comes alongside iii wire extenders each of which are basically 2 Bits connected to each other via a long flexible cable. The wire Bits allow you to interruption upward the chain of Bits too thence you lot tin forcefulness out house other Bits further apart from each other on the breadboard.
The o11 servo command module too 3 pivot servo motor connect to the servo command module via a 3-pin connection. Unlike a DC motor which spin continuously, the servo motor spins at intervals similar the hands of a clock.
The servo command module features 2 magnetic connections on either side too a switch alongside 2 programmed modes: swing too turn. Flicking the switch to swing trend makes the servo motor swing dorsum too forth, piece plough trend makes the servo motor plough to a specific seat at a maximum of 145-degree angle.
Being able to movement at specific angles allows you lot to work the servo motor for lifting upward too down, too turning things from side to side. The Space Rover add-ons similar the mechanical arm work the servo to function.
Servo motors typically work an arm attachment alongside holes along its side too thence you lot tin forcefulness out acquire to a greater extent than leverage when attaching objects to the arm.
The Space Rover kit comes alongside a plastic axle too long arm plastic attachment made for the servo motor too DC motors when creating the Space Rover cargo launch.
P4 Power Bit
The P4 Power Bit delivers the ability of a 9V battery to convey the Space Rover to life. It features a DC barrel connector, a unmarried magnetic connexion equally good equally an ON/OFF switch.
All the Bits select magnetic orientation to handle you lot connect the Bits the correct means too thence you lot don’t select to fiddle to a greater extent than or less figuring out the correct way.
i8 Proximity Sensor
The i8 proximity sensor tin forcefulness out guess how far or how unopen something is too thence the Space Rover is able to navigate to a greater extent than or less obstacles.
9V Battery too Cable
As mentioned earlier, the littleBits Space Rover Inventor kit comes alongside a 9V alkaline metal battery too a cable adapter (9V battery snap connector to DC manful mortal connector) to ability the light-green Bits. The Space Rover kit is designed to piece of work alongside ix volts too thence you lot cannot work the littleBits 5V USB ability supply from some other kit.
Having to supervene upon batteries is e’er the biggest drawback but you lot tin forcefulness out work a 9V ability banking concern to ability the Space Rover although the weight of it wouldn’t acquire inward practical too thence your best bet would live to acquire a twain of 9V Li-ion rechargeable batteries too charger.
The ball caster is literary a enterprise plastic ball that inserts into a plastic caster to business office equally the tertiary cycle of the Space Rover. The other wheels are proper wheels alongside safe threading too plastic rims.
Building too Setting upward the Space Rover
The Space Rover is made of newspaper cardboard too a breadboard base of operations for mounting the electronic Bits. Constructing the Space Rover is equally tardily equally folding the cardboard cutouts too clipping the Bits onto the breadboard base.
The video tutorials included inward the littleBits app are useful detailed alive demonstrations showing you lot step-by-step how to snap each Bit together too how to flexure each department of the cardboard template into house past times next the numbering on the cardboard templates.
Learning how to build the Space Rover is done inward challenge stages too thence the littleBits app features diverse inventions too activities for the user to complete.
For instance, the light-green Bits are the output Bits, piece the pinkish Bits are the input sensor Bits which are meant to live snapped before the command hub.
As far equally operating the Space Rover, the littleBits app features onscreen joysticks too buttons that allow you lot to operate the Space Rover’s mechanical arm too head, equally good equally stimulate the Space Rover left to right, forrard too backward. You tin forcefulness out stimulate the Space Rover piece playing sounds too fifty-fifty tape sounds.