varikabo

The multifunctional MiniBot for soldering

 

By using a selector switch and adjusting and exchanging the sensors, you get to explore ten different functions and astounding behaviors.

  • follow and avoid lines
  • circle in and follow light
  • circle in, follow, and avoid shadows
  • push, follow, and avoid objects

A small Robot with astounding  Possibilities

With the help of a clever combination of brightness sensors, varikabo can pick up the tiniest contrasts in his surroundings and react to them in various ways.

The two outer sensors determine the direction and the middle sensor the speed. You can take off the left and right sensors and exchange them. They determine whether varikabo will seek darkness or light.

The three rotatable brightness sensors cause him to respond to lines, objects, light, and shadows. By adjusting the sensors downward, upward, and forward, you decide whether varikabo will respond to these when they're on the ground, in front of him, or over him.

With the switch, you choose the acceleration or brake mode. varikabos eye-LEDs show you how he feels: If he’s in a hurry or on the run, they shine red. If he feels comfortable and stands still - for example, under your hand, then they shine blue. 

varikabo offer long-lasting fun and variation!

3D-CAD model of the varikabo robot

Assembly

The setup of varikabo takes about two hours. You need a soldering iron, solder, a 9 V battery, plyers and a wire cutter. From the soldering process to the initial start-up, all of the necessary steps are included in the assembly instructions, accompanied by numerous illustrations. For these illustrations, an elaborate 3D-CAD-model of the robot was designed.

The components of the varikabo Robot-Kit
The components of the varikabo Robot-Kit

Functions

The experiment manual explains the configuration of the various functions, showing how these can be set using the selector switch and the three exchangeable sensors. Here you see two examples of four diagrams that show you how to set the function of your choice. 

five light follower functions
five light follower functions
five shadow follower functions
five shadow follower functions

How varikabo works

In the manual you're shown how the control circuits are set up and how the various components function. You can learn to understand and comprehend varikabo's multi-functional behaviors and what causes them.

This is a fun and practical way to learn the basics of electronics!

The circuit diagram of the varikabo robot
The circuit diagram of the varikabo robot with the patented combination of sensors

The ideal Robot Kit for technology lessons in schools

varikabo is particularly well suited as an exciting introduction to electronics and robotics. The kit not only offers an interesting soldering project and multifunctional robot but also a practice-oriented learning carrier. Since it is easy to put together, it ensures an immediate sense of success. At the same time, the fact that there are many construction options to choose from leaves plenty of room for creative experimentation.

varikabo is available as single kits or as a affordable set of 10 kits. In addition, we offer discounts for public institutions. Feel free to contact us with requests.