This nifty little robot will sweep you away! It scuttles along on two brushes, and is powered by rapid vibrations from an offset motor.
Most suitable for children over 8 years old, and unsuitable at all for children under 3 years old due to small parts.
Contains all the parts required to build the robot, but you will need to supply a small cross-head (phillips) screwdriver and 2x 1.5V 'AAA' batteries.
I was rather excited when I got this thing, the images on the cover were enough to make me grab the box and start tinkering. I found that the big brush must have been tilted a bit, because the robot kept moving in a clockwise motion, with the small paintbrush at the centre point.
I learned that as the motor spun, the end part must have gently hit against the motor cover, and since the brush was tilted, when the robot jumped up slightly the brush bristles straightened, thus pulling the bot forward a bit; then as the robot did another small jump, the bristles bent again; This was what made the robot move.
Assembly was a little difficult, one of the wires had become separated from the motor, and the robot didn't work. I had to ask my Dad to fix it, but we got there in the end. I tried putting the toy on different surfaces, and I found that it didn't work on carpet (the bristles and the small brush got trapped in the gaps between the fibres), it sort of worked on concrete, but linoleum is the best surface to work on, it's mostly smooth, so the robot will slide better.
This thing will be good for kids 8+, but some adult supervision is best for them until they reach about 11 years of age, and then they might be able to try and do this on their own. I was glad that the brushes were supplied; it means that no one will need to buy them, and everything in this kit is reasonably safe. I hope you enjoy this fun product; it's a real buzz. ! :)
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