Fable is a modular robotics kit for the classroom that makes it easy and fun for students to build and program their own robots. Kids can quickly prototype, test, and improve their creations while learning real-world problem solving.
- Denmark 🇩🇰
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Students can program their Fable robots using visual blocks (Blockly) or a programming language (Python).
Fable began as an academic project at the Technical University of Denmark, outside of Copenhagen. In 2011, Moises Pacheco, a PhD student, and David Johan Christensen, a robotics researcher, started working on an educational robot system designed to be extremely easy-to-use even for young students. They were inspired by earlier projects based on modular robots, including a collaboration they had with Lego to develop new, digital products. At the end of 2015, the two roboticists, along with Helene Hald Christensen, a project manager, founded Shape Robotics as a spin-off company from their lab at the Technical University of Denmark. The Fable robotics system has since launched not only in Denmark but also in the U.K., United States, Italy, France, and Mexico, and the company hopes to make Fable available to even more students globally.
For ages 8 and up. Fast to build. Easy to program. Designed for the classroom. Robust, modular design. Strong magnetic connectors. Wireless programming. USB rechargeable. Note: Specs shown here are for an example configuration.
- 31 cm
- 32 cm
- 23 cm
- 2.1 kg
- 1.23 km/h
Sensors on Fable modules: color, proximity, light, encoders.
Robotis Dynamixel AX-12A actuators
- Degrees of Freedom (DoF)
- 2 DoF per active module (Fable Joint: 2 DoF, -90 to 90 degrees; Fable Spin: 2 DoF, 360 degrees, 60 rpm)
Injection molded plastic
Atmel microcontroller in each module. Main control executed on user PC.
Programmable using Blockly or Python
3,500-mAh lithium-ion battery pack, 8 hours of operation
- $500 starting kit; other kits and separate parts available