Meccano-Erector - Meccano-Erectorid XL 2.0
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- Build your personal robot about 4ft tall, with articulating head, arms and motorized feet.
- Meccanoid has 3 innovative ways to program and knows 3000+ pre-programmed phrases.
- Your new robot friend features voice recognition, LED eyes, and smart device communication.
- Meccanoid XL 2.0 is for ages 10+ and requires 1 Ni-MH 1800 mAh battery (included).
- Includes 1014 Parts, 1 AC/DC Wall Mount Charger, 1 Rechargeable Battery, 1 Meccabrain, 1 LED Module, 2 Hand Tools, 8 Servos, 2 Rear Wheel Assembly, 2 Motor Gear Box Assembly, 1 USB Cable
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Meccano - Meccanoid XL 2.0
What’s In The Box/Battery Requirements
- 1014 Parts.
- 1 AC/DC Wall Mount Charger.
- 1 Rechargeable Battery.
- 1 Meccabrain.
- 1 LED Module.
- 2 Hand Tools.
- 8 Servos.
- 2 Rear Wheel Assembly.
- 2 Motor Gear Box Assembly.
- 1 Ni-MH 1800 mAh battery (included).
- 1 USB Cable.
Meccano Meccanoid XL 2.0 Stands 4 feet Tall!
Did you ever dream of having your own personal robot? Make those dreams a reality with Meccano Meccanoid XL 2.0, and get busy building a brand-new robo-buddy today!
Meccano - Meccanoid XL 2.0
Motorized Movement Brings Meccanoid to Life
Meccano makes building your very own robot a blast! Using high quality, durable pieces along with the real tools included in your set, build your Meccano Meccanoid to be impressive. It stands an astounding 4 feet tall, and features 10 different motors for amazing Meccano movement, awesome articulating arms and head, plus motorized feet.
3 Unique Ways to Program Meccano Meccanoid
Your Meccano Meccanoid XL 2.0 comes equipped with 3 exciting and innovative methods to program, including: Learned Intelligent Movement, Ragdoll Mode, and Drag and Drop programming on a smart device (device not included). Meccanoid also knows over 3000 pre-programmed phrases, loves to tell stories, and knows trivia.
Radical Voice Recognition
Enhance your fun and excitement with a variety of cool Meccano features! In addition to voice recognition, your Meccano Meccanoid is also equipped with LED eyes, enhanced with over 500 different colors, along with seriously awesome smart device communication! The possibilities are practically infinite with Meccano Meccanoid XL 2.0!
For over 100 years Meccano/Erector has allowed you to explore real engineering, using real tools. Now, experience Meccano’s new innovation in robotics with its latest offering, the Meccanoid 2.0! When you build a Meccanoid, using the included tools, your building a friend. Standing almost 4 feet tall, this personal robot uses advanced technology and 10 motors for realistic arm, hands and head movement, and motorized feet so it can move forward and backward. Watch as Meccaoids large LED eyes light up with over 500 color options! Thanks to its Learned Intelligent Movement (LIM) technology, you can simply move its arms and head or speak to it and it records what you’re doing and repeats it back to you! 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 2.0XL 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 2.0XL Personal Robot, there’s no limit to the fun you can have!
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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.