At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, UBTech launched the Jimu Robot system of do-it-yourself robots — and it’s iOS compatible.
Jimu — which is Mandarin for “building blocks” — uses a system of interconnecting pieces, attachments and programmable servos to construct extraordinary animals and creatures that obey your commands through an app-based programming interface. The Jimu Robot will launch with four robot kits in late January or early February with prices ranging from $100 to $200.
Each kit comes components for users (ages eight and up) to build multiple creatures using “dynamic drawing” and color-coded app-based directions. Or you can develop your own robotic creations. (Jimu reportedly uses environmentally friendly materials that are safe for kids.)
Each robot uses multiple high-torque servos that allow it to move and gesture with fluid motions in whatever patterns and way you want using your Bluetooth connected iOS or Android smartphone or tablet to program and control it. The Jimu app will be available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play App Store. After building one of the sample Jimu robots or your own creation you can upload it to the UBTech Jimu Robot platform and share it with the Jimu Robot Wonderland community.
The Jimu Robot system snaps together by hand, so no tools are required. the system components are interconnectable, so you can add on to existing kits and your creations.