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Smart Car Robotics Kit

by Thames & Kosmos   Item#: 15488   4 star rating 2 customer reviews
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Explore the cutting edge of automotive technology with this futuristic car. Construct the sleek, high-tech car, and then use your tablet or smartphone to control the car’s motorized wheels and steer it in any direction. On your device’s screen, watch the car as it drives through a virtual, augmented reality cityscape. Use the free downloadable app to script a simple program that instructs your car to automatically follow a predetermined course through your city.

To build your virtual city, spread the AR (augmented reality) code cards out across the floor and point your tablet’s camera at them. The app interprets the AR codes as buildings and houses so that a virtual city springs up on your tablet’s screen. Once you have built your city, you can manually steer your car through it or program a route using a special “draw and drive” function in the app. But be careful: If your car gets too close to a building or runs a stoplight, you may hear police sirens!

Through all of your experiments with the car, you will learn first-hand about the forward-looking technologies of driverless vehicles. Your smart car is actually a self-driving robotic automobile. Maybe you can’t yet imagine your parents watching a DVD with you while they drive around town or drivers safely texting their friends from behind the wheel. But automotive engineers expect that by around 2020 it will be completely normal for some cars to drive at least partly on their own. Major car manufacturers and technology companies are already working on their own versions of the self-driving cars of the future.

You will learn about the technologies employed in autonomous vehicles, including laser detectors, GPS navigation, radar systems, and on-board computers. These technologies will allow cars to do everything from helping drivers park and avoid collisions to communicating with other cars and eventually driving completely independently, without a human driver.

With the construction system in this kit, you can also build seven cool-looking models in addition to the smart car. Each of the models uses up to four electric motors, and each motor can be controlled independently with the app. The app’s programming mode allows you to switch each of your car’s four motors forward, backward, or off, in second-long increments, for up to three minutes.

Illustrated step-by-step instructions allow you to build, remotely control, and program models of a motorcycle, forklift truck, futuristic car, airboat, helicopter, airplane, and flying car. A full-color, 64-page experiment manual provides assembly and usage instructions, as well as lots of information about these fascinating technologies.

The special Bluetooth Low Energy interface means your model’s batteries will last much longer. Free downloadable app. Ages 10 and up. 219 pieces. Tablet or smartphone hardware requirements: iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with Bluetooth Low Energy support, i.e. iPad mini; iPad 3 and 4 (iPad with retina display) or newer; iPhone 4S and 5 or newer; iPod touch 5th generation or newer; requires iOS 5.0 or newer. (Android device support in development.)  

Peace of Mind Guarantee
Rest assured-- when you buy this quality Thames and Kosmos product, you will be able to enjoy it for years to come. If there are any missing or broken pieces,we will replace them for free for you. If you lose or break any parts, we will replace them for you. All replacement pieces and refills for chemicals are available directly from Thames and Kosmos anytime! Quality lifetime support with every kit.

Features:

  • Amazing and innovative car which uses your Apple tablet or smartphone (Android in development) to control the vehicle!
  • Build the sleek, attractively-designed car yourself
  • Build a virtual reality city out of furniture in your own house and special Augmented Reality cards
  • Watch as your car drives through a city of your own creation on your smartphone or tablet!
  • Learn about lasers, gps, radar systems and on-board computers!
  • App is free to download
  • Full-color, 64-page instruction manual

ATTENTION!: The app required to control the vehicle is currently available on iOS devices only!  Android support is in development, but as of now, only Apple devices have access to the app.


Age:
10 +
Box Size:
19.00 x 13.00 x 3.80 inches
48.26cm x 33.02cm x 9.65cm
Weight:
3 lb 7 oz
1.56 kg

Customer Reviews


5 star rating  Smart Car Robotics Kit
Mary Jenks from Mukwonago, WI, USA
"I Love It" exclaimed my 11 year old step-grandson. He had it assembled and running before his dad got home from work. No problems running it on carpet or bare floors so far. It gets him away from playing computer games all day though you have to use an IPad or IPhone app to power it. I like the fact that there are a total of 8 different vehicles he can assemble. A great interactive toy!

3 star rating  
Sergey from Singapore
It is nice product, but weels are plactic and very slippery, so, can not drive this car on any solid surface. Had to add rubber to make it useful, otherwise great kit.


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