Artec Robotist Sensor Car

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About this product


  • Contains an Arduino compatible controller board
  • Learn how to program your own robotic car
  • Build a robotic car capable of driving and avoiding obstacles

Product overview

• Contains an Arduino compatible controller board
• Learn how to program your own robotic car
• Build a robotic car capable of driving and avoiding obstacles
• All parts are connected by cable removing the need for soldering
• Ready to use code is available

Special Features
• Program your sensor car using Scratch or Arduino programming tools

The Sensor Car Kit
The main focus of the sensor car kit is using sensor input to guide movement.
The sensor car kit contains two DC motors for propulsion, two touch sensors and two infrared sensors – allowing robots created with this kit to move, feel and see. It also contains all the necessary parts to build creations around them, including the Studuino, battery box, cables and over 40 building blocks.
Full instructions and code are available to build three different robots from this box, although hundreds more are possible depending on how you put them together and write or modify code.
Example model 1: Turn Robot – The turn robot propels itself along and uses the touch sensors to feel obstacles so the motors can change course to negotiate them.
Example model 2: Transporter – The transporter uses the touch sensor to detect a load, when it has something on the carrying platform the robot moves forward until it is relieved of the load.
Example model 3: Line Tracer – The line tracer uses the infrared sensors facing down to keep the robot on course along a black line, sensor input helps the robot to steer using independent control on both motors.
The example builds are just a starting point to familiarise yourself with the components, the fun really starts when you get creative with your own builds.
Combine this with the Transforming Robot Kit [LINK] for lots more possibilities.

About Artec Robotist
The Artec Robotist kits are based around a programmable board (Studuino) that connects to motors, servos, sensors and lights – simply build your creations and then program using the familiar Scratch® style block programming interface, used across the country in Primary and Secondary schools - programming software is freely available for PC, Mac and Raspberry Pi.
If you’re looking for a product with brains, you’ve found it. The Artec Robotist kits can be programmed to perform highly complex actions based on sensor inputs, button pushes or by autonomous response.

The Studuino Robotics Platform
The Artec Robotist kits do all their magic with the Studuino board – an Arduino based board which is the brain of all the creations. This powerful microcontroller is easily programmed from the simple to use programming interface and for expert users can even export the code as Arduino code for those who want to dig deeper into your code. Connect up to eight servo motors, two DC motors and eight sensors. The board is fitted into a durable enclosure that also has four push buttons that can be utilised within your creations, it also has the same block/peg structure as the blocks allowing it to be used as an integral piece of the robot.

Have fun while learning
Ideal for children with an interest in construction, computers and programming, the Artec kits provide an intuitive way to create and develop robotic models and machines. Full and in depth instructions guide you through every step of creating the models on the box, but the real beauty of these kits comes with imagination, with a wide variety of inputs and outputs the Artec kits can become almost anything you can imagine – from robotic arms, robot buddies or pets to mobile machines.
Unlock the inner inventor with Robotist – as you become more familiar with the system you’ll develop programs with ease and find the programming interface easy to use and simple to make revisions and upgrades to your programs.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artec Robotist Sensor Set Brilliant! Easy building instructions of example robots to get yout started. (All instructions and software downloadable from the Artec Robotist website as directed.) Then make up your own constructions using the plastic blocks in a similar manner as LEGO bricks. The "Icon" software is so simple to use to get the Arduino type Control Board working. No programming language to learn like regular Arduino. So anyone can understand and use it. The "Block" software is a version of "Sratch" that most school kids seem to know already. All the Artec Studuino functions are there ready to use, so no searching the Internet for specific Arduino Libraries. The instructions for downloading the software are clear and understandable. The building instructions are clear and easy to follow. The Sensors and Motors are all simple to "Plug and Play". So get building and programming your own robots an things from the parts included. Then use your imagination to build and program your own creations. My son has already put the Artec Transforming Robot on his Christmas Wish Lis. But I think I might be buying it for myself, as I don't think I can wait until Christmas?
Date published: 2015-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great potential but needs time and knowledge to get it going just a warning - do not give this to a child and expect them to get on with it. The instructions are not "full and comprehensive". You need to spend a hour downloading the driver and programming software. There is not specific instructions on how to put the blocks together. It is not difficult and my son looked at the picture and made something similar. I have yet to find any example programming code and so had to write some basic stuff just to demonstrate to him what to do. If you have electronic or computer programming knowledge then you can help your child. If you don't then be prepared to do some learning too. It is actually a great learning tool and if your child is technically minded then this may be a great excuse to spend some quality time with them. As there are 3 programming environments from the basic drop the direction blocks on a line, to the full ardinuo coding it is certainly product which offers a full progression in learning of programming skills. From this point of view it is good value for money at £25 ish but it is very much about learning rather than a robot toy.
Date published: 2016-12-31
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Main Content
Studuino 1
DC motor & parts 2
Battery box 1
Touch sensor 1
Infrared sensor 1
Sensor connecting cable (three-wire 15 cm) 4
USB mini-B cable (80 cm) 1
Construction blocks 41
Axle 2
Wheel 2
O-ring 2
Block remover 1

hi please can u help I have the sensor car one but I cannot download the studuino software on my windows 8 pc. Ive downloaded the usb drivers which has worked fine just cannot download studuino

Asked by: simbo
You can download the Studuino software from the below links. If you are installing on a machine which will have an active internet connection, please use the first link, if you will be installing on a PC which will not have an active internet connection, please use the second link;
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2016-12-31

What age group is theis aimed please

Asked by: beejay
If you expect a child to do it themselves then probably 14 would be a good guess
Answered by: stewboo
Date published: 2017-01-01

Is it possible to assemble and program this robot to move forward in a straight line and stop at as fixed distance (say 150mm) from an obstacle? I imagine this will require a proximity detector to send a signal to the motors to stop.

Asked by: rtee
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item in your intended application I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-11-08

I am encountering problems installing the BPE onto a RaspberryPi. I need technical support but can't find anything beyond the manuals on the artec-kk website. Can you point me towards help?

Asked by: SDominy
This service is for frequently asked questions and does not allow two way communication, In order for us to best assist you with your technical issue please contact us on the details below: 0333 400 9500 or email
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2016-01-04

Is it possible for expert programmers to access the code to do their own thing with the  programme?

Asked by: David
Dear David, You can make your own programs using one of the three programming environments available (picture-base Icon, Scratch-based block or Arduino IDE). So, in effect, you would be able to access the code and change it or create your own code from zero. I hope the above is helpful.
Answered by: Alex
Date published: 2016-02-18

i want to buy this for one of my child. What is the best age for the toy ?

Asked by: charles
This item is recommended for children 8+
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2016-12-05
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