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The Robot Factory

The Robot Factory (by Tinybop, Inc.) is an app that allows users to build and test robots. There aren’t really any exact instructions provided on how to build your robot, however this allows your creativity to soar free! There is a “technical manual” that is available for free, which can be dowloaded at the following link: The Robot Factory Technical Manual

The basic parts of the robot include the following:

  • Torso – primary support structure
  • Appendages – allow the ability to run, jump, walk, etc.
  • Head – center of intelligence and skills
  • Gadgets, Gizmos, & Tools – mechanical devices that provide skills and abilities
  • Sensors – detect light, heat, motion, etc.

 Rule #1 – a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm*

The handbook provides a description of the various components needed to build your robot. You can be very creative when building your robots.You start by choosing a torso for your robot. Next you can choose the additional parts to attach to the torso. If you’d like, make your robot have 3 heads and a pogo stick for a leg.

The design of your robot impacts how it moves

Once you’ve assembled your robot, choose a color and proceed to test your robot in an environment. The environment has landslides, trees, bushes, etc. for you to explore. You can guide your robot by tapping/long pressing the screen. If your robot doesn’t survive in an environment, you can redesign your robot or start completely from scratch.

Rule #2 a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law*

The app has vibrant and eye-catching graphics. Kids will enjoy creating their robots and subsequently testing each robot in a different environment. The app will allow you to see how different designs impact functions (symmetrical, asymmetrical, unbalanced, etc)

Rule #3 a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does Dot conflict with the First or Second Laws*

Overall this is a great interactive app with sounds, animations, and graphics that provides a fun environment to test your creative mind. The app is available on iOS devices and can be found in the iOS App Store.

*The Three Laws of Robotics – from the science fiction short story “Runaround” by Issac Asimov

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