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Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS
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- The 2016 award winning Innovative Toy Of The Year Meccano Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot comes with over one thousand phrases and voice recognition to make your personal robot more like your best friend!
- Download the free app from Google Play or AppStore. Works with iOS and Android.
- Build, program and play with this fully-operational, 4-foot-tall robot, with life-like articulated limbs powered by 10 motors for realistic movement.
- The Meccano Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot is for ages 10 and up. 1800mAh NiMH Battery and charger included.
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Meet Your Personal Robot Meccanoid G15KS
More than a toy, the Meccano Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot uses the most advanced technology and will become your new best friend. Using over 1,100 pieces and 10 motors, you can construct a 4 foot tall real working, moving, talking robot full of personality, a sense of humor, capable of responding to instructions and mirroring movements.
Powered by it's Mecca Brain, Meccanoid G15KS can be programmed in 3 different ways:
1. LIM (Learned Intelligent Movement)
2. Rag Doll Style
3. Motion Capture
Making it capable to capture your motions and even mimic them. You can even program its motions manually by hitting a record button, moving the robot's arms around and then watching it repeat those movements.
Free Downloadable App
Requires smart device (not included), and free downloadable Meccanoid App from Google Play or AppStore. iOS and Android compatible.
- Almost 4 feet tall (122cm)
- Ages 10+
- Voice Recognition, with 1000+ Pre-programmed phrases.
- Eight (8) Motors for realistic movements in arms and head
- Two (2) Motors to drive the feet
- LED eyes with over 500 colors
- Meccabrain 8 channel micro controller with 64Mb of flash.
- Power Supply: 4xC-cell alkaline batteries
- Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery Pack
- Open Source Programming
Voice Recognition lets the Meccanoid G15KS to respond to more than 100 pre-programmed voice commands like "Walk Forward". You can even program it to recognize unlimited user-recorded voice commands.
It knows thousands of phrases, tells jokes, knows fun facts, asks questions, starts conversations, plays games and can even remember names and birthdays.
LIM (Learned Intelligent Movement) and Motion Capture
Program movements and sounds and play them back with a push of a button.
For example, you can move its arms up and down, turn its head side to side and set it to replay those motions, and the Meccanoid G15KS will do the same.
You can even program it with motion capture, where it mimics your movements using the camera of a smartphone mounted to its chest.
Dial up the fun your your smart device, (not included) and download the free Meccanoid App from Google Play or AppStore.
Holding your phone or tablet, use your finger to swipe the on-screen Rag Doll avatar to make Meccanoid twist, turn or move any way you want.
Meccano Maker System allows multiple ways to build! Rebuild your Meccanoid as a dinosaur, a dog or anything else you can imagine. Comes with: 1,188 Parts, 1 AC/DC Wall Mount Charger, 1 Rechargeable 1800mAh NiMH Battery, 1 Meccabrain, 1 LED Module, 2 Hand Tools, 8 Servos, 2 Rear Wheel assembly, 2 Motor Gearboxes.
Compatible with classic Meccano parts.
For over 100 years Meccano has allowed you to explore real engineering, using real tools. Now, experience Meccano’s new innovation in robotics with its latest offering, the Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot. When you build a Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot, you’re building a friend. It’s easy, using the real tools included. When you’re all done building Meccanoid’s frame and have plugged in the batteries, it will use its Meccabrain to guide you through connecting its motors. You can even rebuild Meccanoid as a dinosaur, or anything else you can dream up. With your imagination and 1,223 parts to play with, the possibilities are endless! Standing almost 4 feet tall the Meccanoid G15KS uses advanced technology and 10 motors to deliver even more realistic movement to its arms head and feet. Watch as Meccaoids large LED eyes light up with over 500 color options! Programming your Meccanoid G15KS is easy and intuitive, no special skills required! Thanks to its Learned Intelligent Movement (LIM) technology, you can simply move its arms and head or speak to it and Meccanoid records what you’re doing and repeats it back to you! Meccanoid’s powerful, built-in Meccabrain is the key to its programming. It contains 64 megabits of flash memory allowing it to learn movements and record sounds that play back. For interactive fun use the Motion Capture feature on the Meccanoid app free for your smart device. Place your smart device into Meccanoid, activate the Motion Capture and marvel as Meccanoid mirrors your every action! Or swipe the on-screen Ragdoll avatar to make Meccanoid twist, turn or move any way you want! Meccanoid G15KS is your wisecracking best friend with an intelligence shaped by you! Its amazing voice recognition capabilities and over a thousand pre-programmed phrases, comments and witty comebacks will have you laughing as it tells jokes and plays games! With a friend like the Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot, there’s no limit to the fun you can have!
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|Item Dimensions||0.39 x 0.39 x 48.03 in||17.72 x 3.5 x 14.96 in||16.73 x 3.94 x 13.98 in||14.88 x 18.9 x 2.78 in||6 x 13.25 x 5.25 in|
|Item Weight||4.41 lbs||3.31 lbs||7.23 lbs||2.2 lbs||0.96 ounces|
|Number of Pieces||1,188||600||643||601||88|
Top Customer Reviews
I really thought that the customized movements and remote control via app would add to the pre-programmed novelty gestures. But those were very disappointing. The remote app is very difficult to control, and I can see it's for good reason: The app just shows you a picture of Meccanoid, with pivot points where the servos are. You drag them around to perform the movements you want. There are also forward/backward arrows that allow you to control his position in the room.
It's hard to get an arm to move in 3D from a 2D surface on a phone/tablet. Think about it: raise your arm up straight in front of your body, and back behind your body both look the same from a 2D perspective (the screen just sees 'up', it can't tell if you intend forward or backward). Granted, you can pan around via the screen and look at him from a side angle, which allows you to move his arm 'up/forward' or 'up/backward', but then if you do that, you loose access to the OTHER arm which is now out of sight. Furthermore, the lag between the app and the phone is significant. And finally, trying to get him to mimic moves is impossible - for some reason he can never see me through my phone. It's very possible i'm not doing it right, but there are little/no instructions to guide me in this mode. All I do is open the app, put him in mimic mode, then I can see me on the screen. There are notifications that say 'too close' or 'too many people' or 'too dark', but that's it. When I remedy all those issues, he just seems to sit there staring at me, but not copying me. There is no feedback from him, so I don't know what he needs me to do (if anything) to get him to start copying me. These inconveniences make me give up on trying to control/program him via remote.
HOWEVER, programming him via physical touch is pretty easy. We taught him new dances by living his arms up/down/left/right/forward/back manually, and he even records audio that you make while performing he dance. It makes it a cool novelty for little kids singing/dancing to music, more-so music that has commonly-known dances with it.
I wish there were some way to get him to sing with his robot voice. I also wish there were way to add customizable phrases, jokes, etc, in his robot voice. In my opinion, it loses all novelty when the custom movements are accompanied by your voice. I'd like to see Meccano put more effort into developing an app (preferably a PC app) that would help the user perform more detailed customization. If I could just have access to the movements of specific servos or customize his dictionary to get him to say what I want in his voice, I would rate this higher. The main problem is the fact that I have very limited access when it comes to programming Meccanoid. Most users probably wouldn't mind, and therefore wouldn't care for these features, but I'm a hardcore nerd and as of now am contemplating how to do this from a hacker/reverse engineering standpoint.
There is obviously some fine engineering put into the hardware/software onboard the Meccanoid. For example, none of the servos are labeled (the don't say elbow, shoulder, neck). There are 7 servos, but only plug into 3 ports on the mainframe. That leaves 3 open ports (for what use? I dunno!). Yet somehow, by daisy chaining the arm servos, the mainframe can tell which one is the elbow and which one is the shoulder. I'm guessing because it knows that the elbow is one more hop away than the shoulder, but still, very sophisticated and easy (there are minimal instructions, so in a way they HAD to make this easy). Yet almost all thought in the application layer for the user is misguided. They wanted to try and make it easy by using pictures and big icons to program/move him via the app, but this was executed poorly, and as a result I have little ability to add to Meccanoids movements/phrases.
Assembly is FUN and exciting! This is a great build project for a kid who is really good at following directions. The instructions are very clear, but some very important distinctions are easily missed even though they are emphasized with a little lightbulb icon in the directions. My biggest mistake was putting the wheel motors in the wrong feet so that if I tell Meccanoid to move forward, he moves backwards instead. The distinction in the directions is incredibly easy to miss and it'll cost you some time if you aren't super careful in following every detail of the instructions! BUT, that's part of the fun. I think you buy Meccanoid for the experience of BUILDING him above all else. He's a big project, it will take a few hours for most people to put him together, and that in itself is very rewarding.
Meccanoid is not very smart. Compared to a modern smartphone that can answer questions on the fly, he leaves a lot to be desired. I realize he's not Internet connected so he can't be a Siri or Google Now, but that's what people will be comparing him to in their minds. Meccanoid has a one page command sheet (in big font) and most of his commands are boring things like "what time is it?". The two commands I use the most are "dance," "kung fu," and "tell me a joke". He's cute, he's funny, but he only has a few commands that he can follow. You have to speak the commands very clearly (my toddler only hits the voice recognition about 30% of the time), and you have to speak commands in the right nested order. You can't just say "dance", you have to say "meccanoid" [wait for beep], "motion control" [wait for him to stop talking], "dance!".
You can program him by simply moving him around, but accessing the things you programmed in is cumbersome. You have to start at the main menu, then say "LIM Library", then say the name of the recorded movements extra clearly.
The smartphone app is pretty good, but doesn't integrate with the LIM Library on the robot. You can create a separate library of motions on your smartphone, but they play back from your smartphone and audio recorded comes out of your smartphone speaker, not Meccanoid's speaker. You can't access the LIM Library from the smartphone and you can't access the smartphone's recorded motions from the LIM Library on Meccanoid. But the smartphone app does work well, you can move his arms and head and change his LED colors from the app without noticeable lag.
He's cool, he's fun and rewarding to build, but his intelligence and interactivity are almost non-existant. He has some pre-recorded things he does and you can record other things for him to do, but it's a bit tedious to get him to do anything. And ultimately, all he can do is wave his arms around and repeat things. Meccanoid is more about the journey than the destination.