Edison is programmed using EdWare, a drag and drop graphical programming language that is easy to learn. EdWare is free and open source and works on Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
Getting started with Edison is easy. Simply print out some barcodes and drive him across them to activate a range of pre-programmed functions, such as line following, obstacle avoidance and learning standard TV/DVD remote control commands.
Edison is LEGO® compatible allowing your imagination to run wild!
Edison can navigate his way around using infrared light sensors to see obstacles to his left or right.
Drive Edison using a standard TV/DVD remote control. Edison can learn commands from just about any remote control and can drive forward, backward, turn left, turn right, spin left and spin right.
Edison can follow a line or stay within a boarder using his line tracking sensor.
Edison can detect fridge intruders or follow a flash light using left and right light sensors.
Two or more Edisons can communicate using infrared light. Robot swarm anyone!?
Edison can play beeps and musical tunes.
Edison can respond to clapping and other loud sounds.
Edison is driven by two wheels that give him full manoeuvrability. Each wheel can drive forwards and backwards at a wide range of speeds.
Edison has two red LED lights at the front.
With just three buttons Edison is easy to control. To start a program press triangle, to stop it press square, to download a new program press the circle once or to read a barcode press circle twice.
Sensors and inputs
Obstacle detection: Infrared using 2 IR LEDs (front left and right) and IR receiver module (doubles as IR receiver)
Remote control: IR receiver module (38kHz) Edison can learn IR codes from most standard TV/DVD remote controls
Infrared data comms: IR receiver module (double as obstacle detection sensor and IR remote receiver)
Line tracker: Red LED and phototransistor (doubles as barcode reader and programming port)
Light sensors: 2 phototransistors (front left and right)
Sound sensor: Piezo transducer (doubles as sounder)
Drive: Differential drive system
Infrared data comms: 2 infrared LEDs (double as obstacle detection sensor)