We’ve featured the Kitronik :MOVE Mini Buggy on our site in the past. Launched last year and powered by the micro:bit, a handheld programmable computer designed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and various partners, the :MOVE Mini Buggy is designed as an accessible introduction to robotics for kids.
Now we’ve learned that a range of new add-ons are available to extend the potential of the device. These include:
- Sporty Bumper Buggy: The bumper add-on can transform the buggy into a ball-playing robot, making it possible to play football, hockey or other user-invented games. A self-assembly kit designed in keeping with the :MOVE mini aesthetic.
- Bulldozer Buggy and Tipper Truck Buggy: These two self-assembly add-ons give the buggy robotic muscle power to lift and carry, and to carry and dump, respectively. Kitronik has a link that tells you how to “hack” the Servo:Lite board to drive three servos instead of two; once assembled, the arm can also be coded with the Microsoft MakeCode Editor.
Thanks to the buggy’s Bluetooth interface, kids can control these add-ons with their smartphones and tablets via Kitronik’s Move app.
“Since its launch, we have seen people using the :MOVE Mini Buggy to create pieces of art and play team games by controlling the device with their smartphone,” said Kitronik co-founder Kevin Spurr. “The new additions greatly expand the range of possibilities, and I am looking forward to seeing our customers get creative with the buggy.”