Keeping up with the latest tech and gadgets can be difficult, and occasionally cool tech almost slips through the cracks. Such is the case with MOSS The Dynamic Robot Construction Kit from Modular Robotics. It’s a Kickstarter project that’s nearing its end, and it’s shaping up to be a “must have” kit for tech and gadget enthusiasts.
MOSS is a Robot Construction Kit that takes the “technical” part out of the mix by making it easy to build your own little army of robotic minions. Don’t know how to program? It’s not a problem, as you don’t have to know a complicated programming language and there’s no wiring or other technical tricks. MOSS robots work through the power of rare earth magnets, the super-strong kind you find in BuckyBalls and other toys.
The magnet cubes work in conjunction with ball bearings to make a ball joint of sorts which allows you to build some crazy robotic contraptions, and the modules are what brings things to life. Different modules will control different functions like spinning, shooting, or distance. The modules/connectors will be color-coded as well which further simplifies things and leaves your imagination free to create almost anything you’d like.
The MOSS dynamic robotic kit Kickstarter only has around 20 hours left, and they’ve already surpassed their initial funding goal of $100,000 by raising $341,307. They’ve gone through two stretch goals (apps, T-shirts) as well, but another is within reach as they will fast-track programming which will let you program your little robots if they can hit $564,000.
If you dig the kit, there’s still time left to pick up a bot for cheap. A low price of $59 will get you a starter kit while the $99 bundle will give you more connectivity and adds a distance sensor. The prices run all the way up to $949 dollars for the mega bundle, so there’s a little something for everyone. The kits are rated for 8 years and older, and they even have some lower tech blocks called CUBELETS available on their site to purchase for the younger crowd.
If you’re wondering when you can get this wonderful toy, you’ll be happy to know you won’t have to wait long as the first units are expected to ship out in February of next year. The MOSS bots will be widely available eventually, but no date has been confirmed so now’s the time to get them if you want to be the first kid on the block with a kit. Hit up the link below to see MOSS bots in action and show the project a little love.
Adam is a tech aficionado that enjoys gadgets, Game of Thrones, and all things Android.