Meccano Meccanoid – Building A Robotic Friend

It’s the beginning of a new century and a lot of toys have gone hi-tech but the amazing thing is that they are still educational and fun. Good stuff!

Meccano MeccaNoid G15-KSIf you’re looking for an educational toy that’s one of the top engineering wonders in toys but that’s also fun for your child, then check out Meccano Meccanoid. This robotic toy is so fascinating and fun that kids won’t even realize that it’s also a learning toy.

The toy teaches kids 8-13 years of age about engineering, teaches them about movement and dexterity and how to create with technology. Kids can create the robotic toy using the pieces in the kit and though it can be a challenge for kids who’ve never experienced robotic building before, it’s fairly simply to do.

Even though there’s nothing simple about the Meccano Meccanoid, kids won’t have a problem being able to program and use it. The tools needed to put the pieces together are included in the box along with the instructions to take them step by step through the process.

By the time a child puts the robot together, it will be able to move its head and arms as well as move forward thanks to the motorized feet. It does have LED lights and there are more than 500 different colors in play with the robot.

This particular set can be integrated to work with other Meccano designs. Once the toy is set up, kids can program the robot. If your child doesn’t have any experience working with programming, that’s okay.

He’ll still be able to get the hang of using the program features with this toy. The robot has three modes that can be used. Kids can use motion capture, ragdoll avatar or LIM which is Learned Intelligent Movement.

With motion capture, this is basically a copycat mode. What happens with this is that the robot will do what you do when you put a smartphone on the chest of the Meccanoid. The ragdoll avatar is an application that you can use to control the movements of the robot.

Meccano MeccaNoid G15The LIM is when the robot will follow suit of what you do or say. If you move the robot’s arm, then he’ll move it. If you say a word, he’ll say the word. You can command the robot as soon as you get him up and running and he’ll understand you because he already has more than 100 commands that he understands but you can program him to be able to understand much more than that number.

The robot has the ability to do some pretty human type actions such as tell you a joke or play a game. It’s so sophisticated that it can understand its surroundings and will adjust to those surroundings.

It has 64Mb of memory and can be updated. It’s compatible with Bluetooth, has a rechargeable battery and eight servos that enable it to be able to communicate.

This is such an innovative toy. You can take it apart, start over, create some additions with available add-ons and more. This isn’t a toy your child will grow tired of but rather grow with. Thumbs up for the Meccanoid!

Your toy enthusiast, Brenda