Make A Robot Kit - for hands on AI learning
***NOTE： Make A Robot Kit was recently successfully funded on Kickstarter, and orders at this stage will be treated as 'pre-orders' until Kickstarter rewards are fulfilled. Estimated dispatch timeframe - August 2020
MARK, your hands on AI learning experience
Make A Robot Kit aka MARK, as seen on Kickstarter & in the Press
- CNX Software MARK AI Robot Kit Aims to Teach AI & Robotics to 12+
- hackster.io the Make A Robot Kit — Aims to Bring Artificial Intelligence to STEM Education
- fabcross (JP) 自動運転ロボットカーを作ろう——AI搭載ロボットキット「Make A Robot Kit」
- Notebook check (DE) Entwicklerkit wird zum Roboter mit AI-Funktionen
Read further for more details about the product as well as the Additional Resources tab just below the scrollable images, and if you still can’t find the information you need, contact us via our social media which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Make A Self Driving Car
Implement your self-driving, advanced map & story based projects or use in robotics competitions.
MARK is designed in the form of a car, so we'll preload code which allows you to implement basic self-driving car functionality once everything is assembled and connected. Scroll down for a project video of the self driving function.
Interactive & Engaging through AI Recognition
Mark comes pre-loaded with functionality to recognise colors, shapes and the objects within these categories. But of course you should train your own custom models! We provide a colab notebook to guide you through this process. Scroll down to check out a video of MARK interacting with Pet animals.
On Device Model Training
Interactive with the external world
Aside from the obvious camera sensor, there is an ultrasonic sensor included for collision avoidance, a button which you can program to change modes, and an electromagnet which gives MARK a "pick up" function. Simply attach metallic stickers (included in pack) on the back of an image card.
Hands On from Construction to Coding
For a Hands on construction experience, MARK will come disassembled in parts with the tools you need to make your robot.
Interface board - Markduino
Included are stepper motor & spare servo ports which you could utilise to extend MARK as a robot with a grabber or conveyor functionality. The Markduino also includes spare Digital, Analog and I2C ports, into which you can easily plug & play some compatible Grove series sensors into. Read more about grove here. Those familiar with Arduinos will notice that the markduino pinout fits, so projects can be implemented with this controller too.
We've developed a with mini-grabber and rubber slingshot attachment to extend the fun you can have with your MARK. This will be available in the Robotics Extension Pack but you are also welcome to make your own designs to extend MARK's applications.
Supported with Coursework and Graphical Coding Software
make2Learn is our project and lesson sharing platform where you can access course content directly related to MARK and our other support projects. There are courses for Machine Learning and Autonomous Driving.The above is an extract from Autonomous Driving. Find Lessons on make2learn.tinkergen.com
Accessible Yet Intelligent
We want AI learning to be accessible to those from a variety of backgrounds so you'll be able to code MARK graphically by dragging and dropping code blocks.
Codecraft is a graphical programming software based on Scratch 3.0, developed by us which is available on desktop & in-browser. Codecraft will support MARK AI functions in drag and drop code, as well as enabling you to see what the MicroPython code would look like. Simply connect and then click upload to start using your MARK with it's edited program. If you're confident with your coding skills you can also go ahead and edit text-based Python code in Codecraft. You can even use your own custom models through Codecraft.
MaixPyIDE from SIPEED - More advanced users can choose to directly write code for MARK using MaixPyIDE. The cyberEYE mainboard's K210 chip has Microython firmware which features openMV support..
Customizable, Extendable & Open Source
Extend with our extension packs (available soon), or DIY. 3D print your own cover to customize MARK into whatever color you like. Add structural modifications onto the Chassis which includes multiple attachment points.
*note grabber, slingshot attachment shown in images above are not included in Make A Robot Kit.
**multiple color choices are not available for purchase, but STL files for 3D FDM printing with pla colors will be provided
This kit is suitable for:
Maker teachers / high school students / homeschooling educators / STEM camps / AI experimenters / AI & robotics learners
MARK Project Videos
MARK as a Patrol Robot: Location identification with April Tags
Deep Learning SUMO Robot: See Project on Hackster
What's in the Box
Power Supply ：6 x AA batteries
|Data connection: USB C|
|Display: 2.4" color LCD|
|Storage: micro SD slot|
|Connectivity via onboard ESP32: Wifi 2.4G, Bluetooth 4.2|
|CPU: RISC-V Dual Core 64 bit with FPU|
|KPU: CNN Hardware accelerator 0.25 TOPS @ 0.3W, 400MHz; overclock to 800MHz, 0.5 TOPS|
|Static RAM 8MB Total: 6MB SRAM, 2MB AI SRAM|
|Image Recognition: QVGA@60fps VGA@30fps or overclocked 60fps|
|Package Dimensions:||316 (L) * 315(W) * 100 (H) (mm)|
|Age for Use:||12+|
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CodeCraft is our graphical programming tool which brings hardware to life. Codecraft is regularly updated with demos and example projects to help you get your first project running ASAP!
Recommended Ages: All ages
easy-to-use and user-friendly; supports programming on a wide range of hardware and has various tutorials and projects for users; supports translation between block-based code and a text based code
Related Course Material
Make 2 Learn: https://make2learn.tinkergen.com
TinkerGen has created an online learning platform called Make2Learn which contains our own course materials for a wide range of STEAM educators and programming hobbyists. You can view online or download the included videos, lesson plans and source code once you activate a course