This Walking Companion Is Designed To Teach A New Generation Of Roboticists
The toy provides an educational platform for both kids and adults alike
Marty the Robot is a toy robot that could help anyone explore the field of robotics. The robot walks on two feet and it runs not just one but several programming languages. It’s modular, Raspberry Pi-compatible and all parts can be 3D printed—it’s rather obvious then that the creator wants you to reinvent Marty.
A complete set ships unassembled and the first task is putting 36 parts together. Those with access to a 3D printer can also just buy the motors instead and print all parts at home. Built for tiny hands, building Marty doesn’t require any soldering and safe for kids to do.
Marty has onboard Wi-Fi so it can be programmed wirelessly. Programming languages it supports include the kid-friendly Scratch up to the more powerful but challenging Python and C++. With the right programming, Marty can walk, turn, kick a ball and, like every cool robot, bust cool dance moves.
Modularity is important to the robot. Aside from making the entire chassis 3D-printable, it also means people can print modifications to the robot’s body. There is also space provided to fit optional multi-core Pi processors. More powerful boards plus cameras and sensors means Marty can be programmed to be fully autonomous and be able to do more complex tasks on its own (like robot soccer). People can also print new lower parts to make Marty four-legged or print shoes with wheels so it can go rollerblading.
An online community for Marty owners and tinkerers will be made, complete with an App Store, a database of tutorials, 3D files and downloadable codes that can run on Marty.
Founder Alexander Enoch, with his newly minted PhD in robotics, has turned to Indiegogo to turn the robot into a mass-produced reality. The basic kit starts at £95 and its £P55 for the board, 3D files and software if you can print the body yourself.