Now, create your own smartphone controlled robot

Colorado firm Modular Robotics has raised funds on Kickstarter for its $59 robot kits named Moss. It allows you to create your own robot that can be controlled via your Bluetooth device.

Published Date
11 - Nov - 2013
| Last Updated
11 - Nov - 2013
Now, create your own smartphone controlled robot

Magnetic robot construction kits have been developed by engineers that will allow users to build their own smartphone controlled toy robots that can drive and wiggle.

The robot construction system dubbed as MOSS, uses over-molded neodymium, 'rare earth', magnets and carbon steel ball bearings to construct a wide variety of tiny robots.

The system has been developed by a Colorado firm called Modular Robotics in Boluder, does not require coding or wiring your construction. Users can control the robots remotely using a smartphone or a tablet by attaching a Bluetooth module.

MOSS was created over two and a half years back and has been through various levels of development. According to the company, which launched the system on crownd funding site Kickstarter, the blocks can be put together in various permutations to create unique robots.

"We're already making Moss so we don't need the Kickstarter funding. But in 2013, it seems like the place where people look for cool new tech products," chief executive and design director Eric Schweikardt told the BBC.


The robots will run on a rechargeable lithium polymer battery. Users can also make use of the bundled micro-USB cable to recharge.

The Colorado firm also hopes that MOSS will be accessible to be younger children who can create their own robot. Kits starting at $59 are already on offer to Kickstarter backers for a basic starter kit that will allow them to build a light sensing robot.

However, an advanced kit that lets you build your own Bluetooth controlled car will require you to shell out a whopping $379.

The kits should be begin shipping by early next year.

Source: Kickstarter