Cubelets are magnetic blocks that you can snap together to make an endless variety of robots with no programming and no wires. Cubelet-based robots can drive around on a tabletop, respond to light, sound, and temperature, and have surprisingly lifelike behavior.
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Did you know?
Each Cubelet is an 8-bit computer, which means that when they are snapped together in a robot construction, they form a computer network.
Cubelets were first introduced in 2010. They were created by startup Modular Robotics, a spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University, where founder Eric Schweikardt invented Cubelets while working on a PhD. Designed as easy-to-use snap-together blocks, Cubelets have found wide adoption in schools and STEM programs. In 2019, Modular Robotics acquired Dexter Industries, another educational robotics company. In addition to Cubelets, the company now offers several different robotics kits.
Modular design with magnetic faces for easy building. Each Cubelet is pre-programmed for a specific function that enables sensing, thinking, or acting. Powered by a single rechargeable Cubelet battery. Programming via Blockly or C. Features free educator resources online. Discovery Kit includes a Bluetooth Hat, which pairs robot creations with mobile devices.
- 4.6 cm
- 4.6 cm (single Cubelet)
- 4.6 cm
- 1.1 km/h (with Drive Cubelet)
Custom sensors including infrared (IR) proximity sensor, thermistor temperature sensor, phototransistor light sensor, and potentiometer. Optional Bluetooth Hat (Discovery Kit).
ET-SGM12 style dc gear motors
ABS plastic casings, stamped metal electrical contacts, neodymium magnets
PIC16 microcontroller (one per Cubelet)
Cubelets pre-programmed with code. Modifications can be made using Blockly and C.
1050-mAh lithium-ion battery, up to 8 hours of operation
- $140 (Discovery Set). Individual cubelets, educational packs, expansions, and accessories are also available.