It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to play with a real life robot so when we were asked to review the Jimu TankBot Robot from UBTECH, of course, I jumped at the chance.
What is the Jimu TankBot?
The Jimu TankBot is a great introduction to STEM learning. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The kit includes all that you need to build the TankBot. You can even use your own imagination to invent your own robot. The TankBot moves on treads and has an infrared sensor that allows it to detect objects to pick up or move around them.
The kit doesn’t come with traditional instructions. Everything you need to construct the robot comes on the free app that is available to download on both iOS and Android.
How difficult is it?
The recommended age for the Jimu TankBot is ages 8 and upwards, so obviously when it came to putting it together it wasn’t something that our Little Man could get stuck into, despite him wanting to! He waited patiently for his Dad to build the TankBot which he did using the easy to follow instructions on the iPad app. It was a little fiddly in places but the entire thing was built and being played with, within less than an hour. I will be honest, I was expecting it to take a lot longer.
Jimu TankBot Highlights
Taken directly from the Jimu Robot’s website, listed below are the highlights of the Jimu TankBot:
- Six Robotic servo motors deliver life-like movements
- Infrared sensor detects objects
- Interlocking pieces snap together without tools to create pre-designed characters or your own designs
- Intuitive programming via an app on your iPhone or iPad animates your robotic creation
- Use pre-programmed actions or program your own by posing, recording, and playing back movements
- Convenient Bluetooth wireless connection between TankBot and your iOS device
- Upload and share photos or videos of your robot’s antics with the Jimu Robot community
- Jimu Robot enthusiasts around the world can “like” and be inspired by other robotic creations
- Ideal for anyone age 8 or older
What did we think?
This isn’t just for kids, not by a long stretch. Now it’s built, the little man loves moving it around which he does with ease using the controls on the ipad. My husband who is 33 has spent long periods of time programming it via the app to do different things, always finding different things that it can do. His friend, in his twenties, was fascinated by it and again, was transfixed by the programming options that were available. I think it’s safe to say, it’s quite addictive.
The Jimu TankBot Robot in action
I put this little montage together of the Jimu TankBot in action. This is just some of the things it can do, I’m almost certain that there is a whole heap of other things we are yet to discover.
As you can see, he’s a clever little thing and I can see him spending a lot of time whizzing around our living room in the foreseeable future.
So far, what I have seen of the Jimu TankBot, I am very impressed. We have yet to take him to pieces and build our own invention, quite simply because we were having too much fun with him like this, but I am certain that this is something we will be doing soon.
If you have a small child, who is interested in robots I would definitely recommend this. I love the way he is built and operated via the app and there are no batteries, you just pop him on charge.
The Jimu Robot just goes to show what the future looks like in terms of children’s toys. And what better way than getting yor kids interested early in the STEM learning than with something that is exciting as this?
Take a look at all of the different robots available here: jimurobots.com
Have you ever built your own robot? Perhaps you’ve used one of these robots from the UBTECH selection, what did you think? Let me know in the comments.
We were gifted the Jimu TankBot in return for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are our own.