Consumer Peripherals

Teaching the :MOVE Mini Buggy New Tricks

25 January 2018
The 'Sporty Bumper Buggy' add-on extends the potential of the :MOVE Mini Buggy. Source: Kitronik.

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.”

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