from Tino Werner / 21.09.2014
During the course of my studies in telematics, I discovered a simple control process (Braitenberg vehicles) for mobile robots.
After that, I developed and tested many ways of integrating sensors and implementing signals using simple robots with four photosensors and two operational amplifiers.
Within the first 6 months of 2013, I signed a patent for the spider’s walking-kinematics and the sensor-based, analog control concept.
Following that, I developed the little interacting Tibots, which were very well received in Germany at the 2013 Maker-Faire in Hannover and the ElektorLive! [Video]
During the last six months of 2013, I optimized the Tibots with the plan of creating a simple version as a soldering kit that could be intuitively operated. The controls circuit diagram was visible on the circuit board. With a second amplifier unit, its transmitted infrared light became alterably controllable. [Video]
All that was missing to call it a finished product was an eye-catching design, suitable packaging, and most of all, a complete instruction manual for both construction and experimentation.