Makeblock mBot v1.1 – Blue/2.4GHzMB-90055
mBot is a robot kit from Makeblock that is perfect as an educational robot. It's easy to build, modify, and program. It is great for beginners, but with the amount of sensors and other features it has built-in, advanced users can also find many uses for it.
The new 1.1 version comes with an improved front wheel, a rechargeable LiPo battery case and plastic casing for the electronics. The new version can be powered either with the LiPo battery or with 4xAA batteries (not included).
Requires one CR2025 battery for the IR remote that is not included.
The mBot comes as a kit that contains 45 pieces and can be built in 10-20 minutes.
This is the blue mBot and comes with a 2.4GHz module for wireless communication. See the related items for other versions of the mBot. For schools and other group teaching we recommend the 2.4 GHz version for easier connectivity in a classroom with multiple mBots. The Bluetooth version can also be controlled with an iOS app (Android version coming soon).
Please note that the mBot is not a toy and not inteded for small children. It contains smalls parts that can be a choking hazard.
The Built-In Program
The mBot comes with a built-in program that allows you to use the IR remote to control the robot. There are three different default modes that you can choose using the letter keys of the remote:
- Mode A – Remote control. Move the mBot using the arrow keys of the remote. Buttons 1-9 control the speed.
- Mode B – Obstacle avoidance. The mBot moves around and tries to dodge obstacles that it detects with the ultrasonic sensor.
- Mode C – Line follower. The mBot uses the line sensor to detect and follow a black line on the floor. The kit comes with a printed line drawing that you can use to test this feature.
The mBot is being controlled by a microcontroller board called mCore. It is an Arduino compatible microcontroller made by Makeblock, and it has been specifically designed to be used on the mBot and is compatible with the Makeblock Me-modules. There are three ways to program the mBot.
- Graphical programming using mBlock – a graphical programming environment based on Scratch. You can also convert your mBlock code to Arduino code with the software.
- Graphical programming using the iOS app mBlockly (iPad only)
- Text-based programming using the Arduino software.
For programming your mBot with Arduino, you need to connect it with to your computer using a USB cable. Please note that you need to install a driver to your computer from the makeblock website in order to upload your code. When using the mBlock software, you can also control the mBot wirelessly using either Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz wireless modules.
- 1 × Chassis
- 1 × mCore
- 1 x Me Ultrasonic sensor
- 1 x Me Line follower
- 1 x 2.4G wireless serial-USB
- 1 x 2.4G wireless serial-module
- 1 × Battery holder 4 AA
- 2 x 6P6C RJ25 cable-20cm
- 1 x USB A-Male to B-Male Cable 1m
- 2 × TT motor
- 2 × 90T Plastic Wheel
- 2 × Tyre 90T B
- 1 × Universal wheel
- 2 × Velcro
- 4 × Brass stud M4 x25
- 15 × Socket Cap Screw M4 x 8
- 6 × Countersunk Screw M3 x 25
- 8 × Nut M3
- 4 × Self-drilling Screw M2.2 x 9.5
- 1 × Screw driver
- 2 x Micro Motor Shaft
- 2 x Micro Motor Screw
- 1 x Instruction Book (in English)
- 1 x Printed line follower pattern