The bionic robot kit for experimentation

analog controlled robot kit tibo





  • Diverse functions
  • Analog controlled
  • Requires no programming
  • Patented sensor technology
  • For beginners and professionals

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 realise the most varied functions and reactions and to give tinobo a very personal character.

Tested and awarded


After extensive testing and evaluation, our robot kit tinobo was awarded the prestigious spiel gut award. Many thanks to Arbeitsausschuss Kinderspiel + Spielzeug e.V., an independent honorary panel of experts.

The University of Magdeburg closely examined tinobo for the online magazine Ratgeberspiel and awarded it 9 out of 10 points in general. In the test report, you can get more information on why tinobo is recommended as the kit to experiment with.

Mike Wijnants from Belgium

"This may probably be the best/most complete kit I ever have build, everything is thought about, color pictures to help the build, templates to cut the components to size, even the black tape required for the line follower. Quality components. Excellent kit for educational purposes, I'm planning to use it with "Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology, Valentino Braitenberg"

tinobo is capable of a lot

  • Surprising driving manoeuvres 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 behavioural patterns can also be realized. tinobo offers fun and variety for a long time!

the manual of the robot kit tib

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


150 components of the tibo robot kit

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

This is how tinobo works

 variable control circiut of a Line-Follower with operational amplifiers
Example of a control circiut of a Line-Follower

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 behaviour, 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.