Tinobo – Analog Robot Kit for Experimentation


tinobo offers a new, exciting and playful approach to the fascinating world of electronics without the need for programming. Its patented sensor technology allows it to respond in a particularly sensitive manner to its environment and detect obstacles using only brightness contrasts.

Tinobo – Multifunctional Robot Kit for Soldering and Plugging

tinobo offers a new, exciting and playful approach to the fascinating world of electronics without the need for programming. Its patented sensor technology allows it to respond in a particularly sensitive manner to its environment and detect obstacles using only brightness contrasts. tinobo’s first control circuits can be set up using only a few components following instructions and gradually expanded with increased understanding. With 56 slots and just as many interchangeable components (resistors, capacitors, diodes), the experimental platform offers countless possibilities to realize the most varied functions and reactions and to give tinobo a very personal character.

tinobo is capable of a lot

– Surprising driving maneuvers through sensitive reaction to light and shadow
– Avoiding obstacles and collisions
– Following of light, lines or objects
– Combinations of different functions
– Interaction with other robots via infrared light

Fun discovering and understanding

From the process of soldering to the first start – all necessary steps are described in detail in the construction manual and documented with numerous illustrations. The experiments guide shows the construction of three basic circuits, explains how they work and provides tasks for further experiments. With creativity and increasing understanding, complex behavioral patterns can also be realized. tinobo offers fun and variety for a long time!

This is how tinobo works

Tinobo gains its “sensory impressions” with the help of light sensitive sensors. With the patented combination of sensors, it can precisely navigate and react sensitively to its environment. Just like our human visual system, tinobo has a relative brightness perception which automatically adapts to the prevailing ambient conditions. tinobo’s “brain cells” are two operational amplifiers. They control the motors and can be variably and variedly wired via numerous slots with resistors, capacitors or diodes. The structure resembles a simple neural network with two neurons. It allows studying individual behavior, as can be observed in simple organisms. Two further operational amplifiers control tinobo’s infrared LEDs. With them, it can react differently to reflective barriers and can “communicate” with other robots.

Overview of the components

  • Electronic components: 2 switches, 1 self-resetting fuse, 1 charging jack, 6 LEDs, 5 phototransistors, 6 IR-LEDs, 2 dual operational amplifiers, 2 potentiometers, 40 resistors, 10 capacitors, 4 diodes
  • Mechanical components: 2 circuit boards, 2 metal gear motors, 2 motor holders, 2 wheels, 1 ball caster with retaining plate, 2 battery holders, 14 screws, 6 nuts , 4 spacer bolts, 4 soldering pins , 14 sockets, 14 IC sockets, 2 LED holder, 1 shrinkage tube, 1 black tape, 1 storage box

Necessary equipment: Soldering iron and solder, small pliers and wire cutter, small cross and slotted screwdriver, 4 AAA /R03 (rechargeable) batteries


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VARIOBOT develops educational Robotic Kits for plugging or soldering that make electronics easy to understand and fun to explore.  The variable analog control circuits function entirely without a microcontroller and programming and are suitable for kids from the age of eight years.

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