If you’re reading this, I’m guessing that at some point in your life, you dreamed about building your own robot. But then reality creeps in: building a robot is hard, and requires a lot of time and space. And also knowledge of soldering, wiring, programming and more.
At least, it used to.
Colorado-based company Modular Robotics found a better way to let you achieve your robot-building dreams. The company manufactures MOSS cubes, each of which has a different mechanism. The cubes can then be connected in different ways by magnetically attaching them together with small steel spheres. Connect two blocks with four spheres, and they’re firmly locked together. Connect them with two? You’ve got a hinge.
Individually, the cubes don’t do much. But when they’re connected together, you can create hundreds of different robot combinations – like Legos come to life. And they’re neatly color coded so you know which block does what when you’re planning your creation.
Controlling the robot is equally customizable. The company has a suite of apps for your smartphone you can use to control the robot, or you can program them the old fashioned way by coding in Scratch or C.
The MOSS Exofabulatronixx 5200 kit contains 52 of the MOSS cubes along with a battery, motors, sensors and more. You can purchase it directly from the company for $479.95.