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 particularly sensitively 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 gives 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 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 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. Like our human visual system, tinobo has a relative brightness perception that 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