KIROBO-I WORKSHOP

KIROBO is a programmable robot of a small body, 2 light sensors and 2 touch sensors, which moves by judging the situation of the surrounding environment.

KIROBO MR-9132
IconWorks is dedicated software, designed for use with an autonomous robot kit “KIROBO”, developed by EK Japan Co., Ltd. IconWorks and KIROBO have been developed in order to help beginners in autonomous

KIROBO is a programmable robot of a small body, 2 light sensors and 2 touch sensors, which moves by judging the situation of the surrounding environment. Programming with IconWorks, the exclusive software for KIROBO, is very simple; you only need to arrange the icons on PC screen as you want. Send a created program to KIROBO with the attached transfer cable, and KIROBO is ready to execute the specified movements!; trace a line, negotiate around obstacles, follow the light, etc.

About IconWorks:
It is designed to help beginners to learn how to program an autonomous robot with the greatest ease.

To control an autonomous robot requires a high-level of knowledge. In IconWorks, however, a beginner can learn programming by manipulating icons which are interpreted as a command — all you have to do is to place colorful icons, like when you play cards, in accordance with the type of a robot you want to make and how you want it to move.

AUTONOMOUS ROBOT AND PROGRAMMING:
An autonomous robot gathers information about its surroundings, processes the information gathered through its sensors, makes judgments and sends commands to move a body.

An autonomous robot is able to carry out a “routine” or “pre-determined task” but also make judgments and actions, without external assistance or guidance, based on its environment and surroundings.
Sensor

In order for a robot to gather information about its surroundings, it must have sensory equipment; a means to replicate the 5 senses (sense of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch) of a human. Various high-tech sensors, such as vision sensors, sound sensors, touch sensors, etc., have been developed and are being used more and more in our daily lives.
Light Sensor

Many Sensors have been developed exclusively for robots. Some sensors do not see images but are able to detect the presence or absence of light. KIROBO has light sensors that can sense the presence of light emitting objects and detect contrast (black lines).
Touch Sensor

Touch sensors can be some of the most simple and are probably the most familiar sensors for us. They are also mounted on KIROBO and can be used to detect obstacles or serve for conditional judgment decisions when pressed.

Computer and program
An autonomous robot is pre-programmed with what actions to take depending upon certain circumstances. The program is stored in the computers memory (RAM) in a language understandable for the robot and processed by the robot’s brain (microcomputer). Both the memory (RAM) and the computer (microcomputer) are mounted on the main board (PCB).
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