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Makeblock IR Robot Kit Powered by Arduino


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About this product


  • Make your own beginner level robot
  • Start your electronics and coding projects with the user friendly, open source IR Robot kit, powered by Arduino
  • Powered from x6 AA batteries, rechargeable NiMH advised

Product overview

• Make your own beginner level robot
• Start your electronics and coding projects with the user friendly, open source IR Robot kit, powered by Arduino
• Powered from x6 AA batteries, rechargeable NiMH advised
• RJ25 sockets, so when your robot is on the move, you won’t have to worry about connections dropping when it hits a bump
• Using Arduino has never been easier, with thousands of tips, tricks and guides readily available online
• Sensor are included to enhance your experience and skills
• Supplied with Arduino clone, motors, aluminium chassis, screws and instructions
• Remote Requires CR2025 (Sold Separately)

Reasons pick the Makeblock IR Robot Kit – Powered by Arduino
The Makeblock IR Robot Kit, being powered by Arduino means it runs on an Arduino clone board called the Makeblock Orion, using Arduino programming. Over the course of building the Makeblock IR Robot Kit, you will come to understand how the basics of robotics work, and understand how the mechanical elements work with the robotics and programming elements.

The best bit about the Makeblock IR Robot kit is that there is no soldering required, meaning stress free assembly. You can choose to adapt or add to the design you can by rearranging the mechanical pieces, removing or adding any of the electronics, and truly make it your own.

Connections and expansions
You can add more to the electronics of the Arduino clone board by utilising its RJ25 connections, these connections act as digital I/O, some with PWM. The body of the robot itself can be adapted or added upon using Lego pieces.

What will you make?
The Makeblock IR Robot Kit is the first piece of the puzzle, once you’ve built and mastered the kit, you don’t need to replace it, and you can just add to it, using the Arduino clone at the heart of the Robot kit you can also design your own robots. Adding a servo could help you make a mechanical grabbing arm.

The kit contains many pieces which are completely optional, should you choose to use them or not. With the following electronic modules: Me Orion, and an Ultrasonic sensor, you can build an obstacle-avoiding robot; replace the Ultrasonic sensor with an IR receiver, then use it with the IR remote controller to make your own IR controlled robot.

Ease of use
The team at Makeblock, when designing the IR Robot Kit, had three ideals in mind, for it to be easy, intuitive, and fun to use. With the vast range of guides and tutorials, you will be able to construct and modify your Makeblock IR Robot kit with ease.

Arduino IDE software is needed to program an Arduino, it’s not in the box. Download from here: http://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
Works on Mac, Windows and Linux based computers including Raspberry Pi's Rasbian software

Arduino's site.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great robotics kit for beginners The Makeblock robot kit is great - even better than it looks on the website, gives you instructions and parts for two different robots (a tracked one and a 3 wheeler) - easy to follow instructions (reminded me of lego instructions) and a great starting point to start experimenting with remote controlled and autonomous robotics, I also think that if this was bought for a child it would be very well received (although you'd need to supervise) but as everything bolts and clips together there's no chance of messing up any soldering and everything is reusable - especially the lightweight and robust framework structure that the robot is built upon. Alltogether a great kit and good value for money - would highly recommend.
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed -Missing Parts I bought this for me & my grandson to build at the weekend. Unfortunately we just starting the build when we noticed that some parts were missing (grub screws for the hubs) carried on a little bit further, thinking that I could always find some grub screws in my shed, then found some plastic rivet parts missing. At that point I decided to check the kit and found 5 different parts were completely missing. The kit was returned to the Maplin store for a refund. Very disappointed grandfather & grandson! Would have awarded 0 stars but the minimum seems to be one star!
Date published: 2015-10-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dissapointed I purchased this item as an entry level into electronics and programming, with a view to develop a project using similar controls and IR. The kit was missing long screws and some hex support posts, not a show stopper but annoying. The biggest problem, was that having built everything, it powered up, but didn't work. I ended up having to re-install the hardware to the "me" board, it is not an Arduino board as they state, but is similar. Following that I had to download some control software and an "mblock" program. a further download of software and I am only at the position where I can control the "robot" if it is plugged into the computer and I can use the arrow keys on the keyboard. Not what I was expecting, as I have IR and a detection module. I have contacted Makeblock for advice, but no luck. If you purchase this, enjoy the mechanical build, takes about 1.5 hours and set aside a lot of time for problem solving the control. I have not got there yet. Good luck
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real easy programming interface - like BBC scratch - 10 year olds stuff ! I've used makeblock bots and accessories for my local Coder Dojo meetup. Reminds me when I had Mexicano - but this is the robotics age - love the wide range of add on kits - and strong aluminum parts. Wouldn't look out of place in an engineering lab
Date published: 2017-11-14
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Package Contents:

1× Beam 0824-96
1× Beam 0824-128
2× Beam 0824-144
1× Bracket 3x3
1× Bracket P3
2× DC Motor-25 Bracket B
1× Caster Wheel
2× DC Motor-25 6V/185RPM
2× Shaft Connector-4mm
4× Timing Pulley 90T
2× Tyre 68.5x22mm
38× Track
38× Track Axle
2× Threaded Shaft 4x39mm
2× Shaft Collar 4mm
4× Flange Bearing 4x8x3mm
1× Cross Screwdriver 3mm
2× HEX Allen Key 1.5mm
1× Wrench 7mm&5mm
22× Socket Cap Screw M4x8-Button Head
14× Socket Cap Screw M4x14-Button Head
4× Countersunk Screw M3x8
4× Headless Set Screw M3x5
3× Nut M4
1× Nut M8
6× Nylon Stud M4*30
4× Plastic Rivet R4060
4× Plastic Rivet R4120
4× Plastic Ring 4x7x2mm
1× Me Ultrasonic Sensor 3.0
1× Me IR Receiver V2.1
1× New Me IR Remote Controller
1× 6P6C RJ25 cable-20cm
1× 6P6C RJ25 cable-35cm
1× USB 2.0 A-Male to Micro B-Male Cable
2× Base Bracket B
1× Battery Holder for (6)AA

Product Specifications

Flash Memory:


CPU Clock Speed:




Board Type:


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Analogue In:


Ports And Sockets:

1x USB
1x Sensor 3.0
2x RJ25 connectors



Digital IO/PWM:




Programming Interface:

mBlock or Arduino IDE

USB Serial Controller:



Warranty Type:



Assembly Required:


Soldering Required:


How do you programme the starter Robot Kit using a pc? 

Asked by: Anonymous
Arduino IDE software is needed to program an Arduino, it’s not in the box. Download from here: http://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software Works on Mac, Windows and Linux based computers including Raspberry Pi's Rasbian software
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2016-02-01

Do you sell the Bluetooth version of the Makeblock Smart Tank Car robot starter kit. If yes where can I purchase it & what is the price. 

Asked by: Maisie
On this occasion Maplin do not stock a product that exactly meets your requirements, or indeed anything close enough to offer you as an alternative.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2015-12-21

What batteries are required?
Asked by: Ardui
There are four AA batteries in the robot's battery box, the CR2025 is for the IR remote.
Answered by: Equan
Date published: 2015-07-17
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