Jimu Meebot

Ages: 8 and upManufacturer: UBTECH Robotics

Introducing Jimu, the new line of building and coding character robot kits from UBTECH. These fun-to-build robots accommodate different skill levels and combine robotics and programming in an innovative way; play takes place in both the physical world, and a virtual world via the accompanying free and well-designed app. The app guides kids to 1) build using the 3D animated app instructions, 2) program actions using the Jimu PRP (Pose Record, Play) system, and 3) customize coding to create and design movement sequences.

Meebot, a fun loving humanoid dancing robot calls upon pre-programmed commands to twist, dance, cheer, and make noises, display emotions to bring a personality to life. As an Apple exclusive, Meebot’s disco fever can be customized with Apple’s Swift code. Dancing with the Stars, anyone?

Our testers appreciated the step-by-step animated 3D, 360 ° instructions that demonstrate how to click or attach the pieces and parts together, making their inaugural builds fully achievable — building the confidence to add complexity to their designs. Meebot includes over 201 snap-together interlocking parts and connectors, servo motors, main control box, character parts and a quick start guide. The IR sensor that senses obstacles in its path, aids in navigation programming. After a few pace laps with the planned robot, builders will be off to the races with customization. The Jimu Community is a lively place to share what Meebots are up to.

Although not inexpensive, the multi-use robots teach valuable building, coding and STEM skills as well as focus, concentration and persistence. To us, that’s an investment worth making.

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