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Elenco Escape Robot Kit
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- Requires soldering assembly
- Escape Robot uses three infrared emitting diodes as its ?eyes?
- Never fails to find its way out of a maze
- Built-in microprocessor which enables it to ?think? on its own
- Easy to understand kid friendly step-by-step instructions
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Of course I had to do all of the soldering, and much of the stuff requiring fine motor skills, such as the gear assembly. But there's still lots he was able to help out with, since all the parts need to be sorted, electronic components need their leads formed, screws need to be tightened, etc.
And he and I had a LOT of fun working together to assemble the kit. The instructions are even surprisingly well-organized and presented, considering that they still were obviously written by someone not a native English speaker.
But, some caveats: this is by no means a durable toy. And even during the assembly, there are pitfalls to watch out for.
There are a lot of self-tapping screws going into soft plastic, which I am well aware need to be handled carefully, lest the threads in the plastic get stripped or components get deformed. But even with that knowledge and caution, it was FAR too easy to overtighten the screws holding the legs in place. I still managed to stress four of the six legs enough to whiten the grey plastic, and a fifth one actually broke (so far the Super Glue is holding fine though :) ).
The infrared LEDs are also a bit tricky. The kit includes LED mounting brackets, but these are not actually brackets in the traditional sense. They are just a spacer the LED goes into, allowing a gentle way to mount the LED at a right-angle to the PCB. Getting the LED soldered without too much play in the bracket between the LED and the PCB is nearly impossible. I wound up just gluing the brackets down and then soldering the LED in.Read more ›
I bought this for my daughter and we built it together. I am very good with electronics and did the PCB circuit. She did the rest of the assembly.
When we turned it on only one motor worked. I had to redo some of the soldering to get the second motor to work. Once I did it the whole thing works very well.
These are the main "good" things:
* It is a fun kit to build and really works very well.
* It teaches you a little about electronics.
* Shows kids how simple it is to get basic automation going.
These are the main "bad" things:
* Very minimal instructions specially for children. At least tell them how far to push the components in the PCB.
* Needs a troubleshooting section. At least they should tell you how to test it before fully assembling it.
* It requires soldering. While not hard it requires some basic skills and should not be your first soldering project.
Overall: It was fun and it is not over yet :-)
I have never done any sort of electronics before, although I have always wanted to. I recently struck an interest in robotics and figured I should start somewhere simple and inexpensive. The package contained everything, and looked in great condition and all that.. The instructions seem as if they might be translated from a language other than English, but still readable.
Fair warning : There are about 100 TINY parts (transistors, diodes, capacitors) and are very easy to lose if not careful.
After about 3-4 hours of soldering and mechanics, everything was complete, I put batteries in, But nothing happened. :( I was pretty sad, after all that work and no cool robot, but After a closer inspection found that the Microprocessor was put on backwards and pretty much stuck (like 20 pins soldered is a pain to unsolder).
So now I've ordered a second one to give it another shot, After I put that one together I'll update this review.
It did help that we also bought the beginner's soldering kit "Elenco AK-100 Learn to Solder Kit."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an exciting project to build. The knowledge of the way the circuit functions is important.Published 3 months ago by Godfrey Moore
My grandson never got to finish it at my house, so I sent it home with him along with his new soldering iron and new tools!Published 3 months ago by Virginia Bres
Didn't work and we couldn't get it to. Even with trouble shooting and an electrical engineer, we couldn't get this to work. Very frustratingPublished 3 months ago by Ctcalypso
Bought this for my 13 year old son's science fair project. He is using it to test the amount of errors this robot makes in a maze. Read morePublished 6 months ago by tmatheny11
It didn't work. I followed the instructions exactly and my soldering was good. I think I just got a bad board.Published 12 months ago by Justin W. Ruck
it workes great the first time don't even need to take anything a part and redo.Published 12 months ago by it is not worth the doller at all