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Meccano-Erector M.A.X Robotic Interactive Toy with Artificial Intelligence
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- The future is here and it’s ready to play! Meet M.A.X, the 12” tall advanced robot featuring both artificial intelligence and customizable programming.
- M.A.X comes with built-in infrared sensors, to help it sense obstacles and navigate surfaces as it rolls around on sturdy smart wheels.
- Challenge young minds with this S.T.E.M robotics toy. Perfect for budding engineers, builders and visionaries, M.A.X requires kids to engage in critical thinking.
- M.A.X is a robotics toy recommended for kids aged 10+. Intermediate complexity level. Build time of 1-3 hours.
- Includes: 332 Parts, 1 AC/DC Wall Mount Charger (10.4W), 1 Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery 1800 mAh, 2 Hand Tools, 1 Sticker Sheet, 1 Instruction Sheet for 1 Model, 1 M.A.X Brain Module, 1 IR Sensor Module, 2 Smart Motor Modules, 1 LED Module, 1x 3 kgs Servo, 1x 1.9 kgs Micro Servo, 1 USB Cable
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What's in the Box:
- 332 parts
- AC/DC wall mount charger (10.4W)
- Rechargeable Ni-MH battery 1800 mAh
- 2 hand tools
- Sticker sheet
- M.A.X. brain module
- IR sensor module
- 2 smart motor modules
- LED module
- 3 kgs Servo
- 1.9 kgs micro Servo
- USB cable
- Instruction sheet
Meccano M.A.X. Robotic Interactive Toy with Artificial Intelligence
The Future is Here and It’s Ready to Play
Meet M.A.X., a 12-inch tall advanced robot packed with a multitude of fun, educational features. Designed for budding engineers and tinkerers aged 10 years and older, this robot-building kit offers a challenging yet rewarding build consisting of 332 parts. Once he’s assembled, M.A.X. functions as a friendly robot companion and personal assistant. He engages kids in conversation, learns from every interaction, remembers important dates, and more. He even features a built-in gaming platform. Customizable programming allows kids to personalize M.A.X. to meet their own specifications so that every assembled M.A.X. robot is truly one of a kind. And like all Meccano kits, M.A.X. can be reassembled into a huge variety of other robotics toys.
At a Glance:
- Robotics kit offers a challenging, educational build
- Intelligent robot learns from interactions and observes the world around him
- Customizable programming allows kids to personalize the robot
- Engages kids in conversation, tells jokes, and asks trivia questions
- Built-in gaming platform provides additional fun
A Robot with an Inquisitive Personality
Once built, M.A.X. can converse with kids and respond to commands with funny quips, expressive facial graphics, and animations. Equipped with AI learning, the robot actively discovers new things about his human friends and the world around him, becoming more intelligent with every interaction. Advanced AI enables M.A.X. to plot and plan instead of just mimic. He can learn to tell jokes, sing songs, and greet friends. Customizable programming opens up even more options: kids can program M.A.X. to remind them of important events, guard their room, and much more as they learn the fundamentals of programming.
Robotics Kit Provides a Fun, Challenging Build
This Meccano robot-building kit brings children and parents together for a challenging yet stimulating build that yields an enormous sense of accomplishment upon completion. The kit has an intermediate difficulty level and comes with 332 pieces, including specialized parts such as the M.A.X. brain module. Kids will learn as they identify the function of each component. The experience of building and programming M.A.X. can help cultivate a lifelong interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
A Wealth of Interactive Features
M.A.X. delivers near-endless opportunities for interactive fun. He will ask kids trivia questions, challenging their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). A built-in gaming platform provides another way to engage with this Meccano robot. The more kids play with M.A.X., the more games they can unlock.
A Versatile, High-Tech Construction Set
The M.A.X. robotics kit comes with several high-tech components, including built-in infrared sensors that allow M.A.X. to sense obstacles and navigate surfaces as he rolls around on his sturdy wheels. The pieces included in this kit can also be used to construct a smart rover, a tele-presence robot, or whatever else kids can imagine.
For over a century, Meccano has been a leading producer of imaginative construction sets for children. The company arose from humble origins in 1898, when English inventor Frank Hornby conceived of the first Meccano construction kit for his sons. In 1913, an American company called Erector began manufacturing a similar toy, the Erector Set. Today, the two companies have united under a single, internationally renowned name Meccano and remain committed to empowering the next generation of makers. From basic mechanics to high-tech robotics and programming, Meccano products can inspire the imagination and help foster a lifelong enthusiasm for STEM learning.
From the internationally renowned maker of robotics building sets arises a new model of impressive proportions. Unlike anything else Meccano has created, M.A.X. combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) with customizable programming. The result is a one-of-a-kind robot of your own creation! Budding engineers, innovators and creators can expand their knowledge of programming as they personalize this robot to their specifications. Once built, M.A.X measures 12” in tall. Control it using voice commands, buttons on the MeccaBrain, or the free app! You’ll know exactly what its thinking based on its expressive facial graphics. As a S.T.E.M robotics platform, M.A.X is designed to engage kids in intellectually stimulating play, drawing on their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math. Not just a learning tool, this robot loves fun! Try playing on M.A.X’s built-in gaming platform; test your knowledge in a trivia game or listen to some funny jokes! With a multitude of features, kids will want to bring their new friend everywhere! This robot comes with built-in infrared sensors, enabling it to move with agility and avoid obstacles in its path. If you know a young mind in need of a challenge, introduce them to their new friend, M.A.X!
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The things this robot does are just amazing. It can move around, it can pick things up, you can play games with it, and even have it tell you a joke-which are pretty corny, but they all laughed. There's apparently an app and a download you'll need to get the full use of this robot, but like every other part of this project, she handled that all on her own too! (She's 11yrs old and well versed in building meccanos and downloading what it needed).
This would be, I would guess, a difficult project for a younger child, but with appropriate guidance from an adult, I'm sure even 8-10yr olds could get something meaningful out of this project. A child between 11 and 14 could easily do this by themselves if they have a mind for building these sort of things.
The robot comes with all the parts divided out into little plastic baggies and the instructions include a picture of the part for ease of understanding which part goes where. The whole thing from start to finish was a complete joy for my daughter and I know we will be buying more Meccano products for her building pleasure in the future! Great product!
I agree with reviewers that claim instructions need attention; perhaps it is part of the “challenge”. This toy needs adult cooperation unless your 6, 8, or 10 year is competent at building, tool use, and figuring out instructions with a few errors along the way.
Bottom line: Excellent toy. Our 5 year old enjoyed the build process and outcome. In the end, it is about user experience and our child is thrilled with MAX. My hope is that many more positive reviews will fuel efforts to update MAX’s software and functionality.
Happy Clam so Far
Max plays single & multiplayer games. Max adjusts game difficulty with player skill. The hand grips objects for making deliveries. Max can sync with a PC and has a limited Android app. Max's face piece can be removed and replaced with a smart phone for a custom face.
My nine year old also has Cozmo. He likes Max better, but Cozmo is pocket sized and better for take along play. Max is not ideal for portable play transport.
Here’s what we love about MAX:
1) The time you spend working together on building him through teaching how to use the tools and build is a great time to bond together.
2) If you follow the instructions and the tips in the videos, you’ll be fine.
3) My daughter finds him entertaining, funny, and engagingly fun.
The reviews on MAX seem unfair and I’m sorry that people have had so many difficulties with him. We have had no issues and it is a favorite toy. Would have been extremely tough for my youngest or for my daughter if she was younger. 10 is a great age.
Install notes - a few spots the instructions are wrong, so pay attention. Nothing tragic, but you'll see that in one step it shows something one way, and when you look at the next step, it has it the opposite - one example I remembered was the non powered hand - the arm, it shows putting the arm on with the "elbow" in one position - the next step attaching it to the body, it shows the arm reversed with the elbow on the other end. Also, one of the parts for the wheels - shows the piece should be white, but the piece is black. Don't waste any time looking for those white pieces.
The build itself is pretty easy though, just pay attention. When you're done, and charging up the battery, you need to use the included cable to attach the "brain" to your PC and download the basic programming for it. Mine shows version 0.4 installed, the download took him up to 1.16. Programming took a minute or so. I had to unplug / replug the "brain" and turn the software off and on a couple times to get it to recognize it was connected, but after that, no issues.
I also see in the software the option for a "total memory wipe." I assume this is to nuke it back to default, since it's a learning robot, and that will get rid of all the personality, the knowledge of the "owner's" preferences and such.
This is our third Meccano object. We have the large robot, we have the spider, and now this. This was the second one as far as difficulty building goes since there were some places on this one that were touch to reach for the nuts. But it was the least frustrating as well, since there was almost no repetition here compared to the spider or the larger robot.
Then we charged the battery, fired it up, and went through the initial setup. That worked mostly OK other than the IR sensors - that took a long time for it to finally realize they were working. So I'm guessing we're not going to have a lot of luck with that feature in the future, since apparently it can barely sense anything until it's up just about touching it. Then came the motor sensing, which was fine, but I figured it would be since he moved things well through the initial setup anyway.
Next step it has to offer in the instructions is to tell Max that you want to show it something - and he never, ever responds to that at all. Nor did he respond to wanting to introduce him to anyone, or anything else. About the only voice command he actually replies to is "Tell Me a Joke." Every other one, including the ones my son finally got him to list by pushing a button, he ignores. One of the commands was "go on patrol" which was another fail. Never responds to that command either. Literally everything but "Tell me a joke," fails.
Connection to the app worked though, blue tooth connects fine, and the remote control and such work. And at least it moves quicker than the spider - nothing worse than waiting for that thing to lumber somewhere.
But for automation and any kind of self directed activity, it is definitely a fail. Nothing like frustrating your kids with something that doesn't do what it's supposed to do at all. We'll see if it ever gets "smarter" but I'm not going to hold my breath. I can see it learning more and opening more options as you interact with it more - that's one of the touchstones of a lot of toy devices like this. But the basics that the instructions tell you to do during setup ought to work out of the gate, otherwise why have them there in the setup? And people commenting that "it has to get smarter" are missing the point, that it's not that it doesn't do "all" of the voice commands, it can't do ANY, including the ones in the setup instructions to help to start MAKE it smarter.
Definitely too pricey for what you get.