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RiQ is an easy-to-build and easy-to-program robot kit for all ages with building components, sensors, and a microcontroller that enables everyone to be an inventor, engineer, or scientist! RiQ is a product for stimulating creativity, learning how to program, and providing a platform for experimenting in an engaging way with engineering and robotics. Recommended for students ages 9 and up, RiQ can be programmed easily with your Android or iOS Tablet using a Bluetooth connection, or you can program on an Apple or Windows computer (communicate with USB or Bluetooth).
The RiQ kit includes fischertechnik building elements comprised of high strength nylon and steel sufficient to build the mobile RiQ platform - you can also invent a number of other projects - you are limited only by your imagination! Here are the items included in the RiQ kit:
The PCS Brain Robotic Microcontroller
The PCS Brain is a remarkable achievement in Arduino compatible system design as we have integrated some of the most useful features for users into one, easy-to-use package versatile ABS transparent housing . If you do some shopping around to build an Arduino system complete with wireless communications, motor and servo shields, PCB mounted sensors, easy-to-use connections, cables, power supply, etc. you will quickly accumulate a $400+ shopping list. Here, with the RiQ package you get all of this including a user friendly system case with physical hooks that allow you to bolt this bad boy onto just about anything you want to roboticize.
- Microcontroller ATmega328P TQFP32
- Operating Voltage 5V
- Input Voltage (recommended) 7-16V
- Input Voltage (limits) 16V
- Digital I/O Pins 14 (of which 6 provide PWM output)
- Analog Input Pins 8
- Flash Memory 32 KB (ATmega328) of which 0.5 KB used by bootloader
- SRAM 2 KB (ATmega328P)
- EEPROM 1 KB (ATmega328P)
- Clock Speed 16 MHz
Fischertechnik and Building Inventory
RiQ includes 2 DC motors, gear boxes, axles, wheels, hub nuts, high quality swivels with steel balls, a pen holder so RiQ can draw, and other components for building RiQ and inventing other creations.
Ultrasonic Sensor (1)
RiQ’s “eyes” help him find his way using ultrasonic sound waves! Use high frequency waves to navigate and identify objects with the power of science!
Infrared Sensor (2)
RiQ uses infrared sensors to detect differences in reflected light of off surfaces – it’s the perfect solution for line following or sumo wrestling robot matches when RiQ needs to stay in the ring!
Light Sensor (1)
This sensor enables RiQ to react to the amount of ambient light he senses – for example, program your robot so that when the lights go on he runs for his life!
Touch Sensor (2)
Use touch sensors (pressure sensitive switch) with RiQ to make sure he knows when he runs into a wall, a chair leg, or your pets.
Now that’s flashy. Bright pink and blue LEDs give RiQ the ability to light up the room with excitement and design creativity.
Bluetooth Dongle (1 - BLE or Classic)
Unleash RiQ with wireless communication from your Android or IOS tablet or any computer or laptop with Bluetooth capability! RiQ talks USB also, but no wires is far more fun! Make sure to order the right dongle – Bluetooth classic or BLE. Bluetooth classic is compatible with all computers (Windows, PC, Apple) and Android-based tablets. BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) is suitable for iPad versions 3 and above. Please note that the Cortex software is not intended, nor compatible with smart phones of any kind.
Powerful Rechargeable Li-Po Battery
11.1v LiPo rechargeable battery, case, and DC adapter.
Motor cables (2), sensor cables (5), ultrasonic sensor cable (1), USB cable, and a recharging cable.
The PCS Cortex Programming Environment
As easy as connecting blocks, the programming interface connects logic commands together in an intuitive way that promotes a quick and easy programming environment ideal for students just starting programming. The Cortex provides a great platform for promoting interest in programming due to its gamified nature - built on a powerful gaming platform, the programming environment engages students while providing a rich set of resources for learning how to program. One of the most unique aspects of the environment is the ability to integrate tablet based sensors into your program for controlling the Brain. For example, you can capture sounds from your tablet microphone and vary the speed of your robot's motors based on how much noise the microphone is picking up! Use the accelerometer, GPS, compass, and other built in sensors and make them part of your invention!
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