The Edison is a palm-sized robot that can be supplemented and deconstructed using Lego bricks, and is intended as an inexpensive teaching tool for those interested in programming and robotics.
The Edison robots are programmable and interact with the world via infrared modules, barcode reading and audio detection. Edisons can communicate with each other via infrared, and can also be programmed to be controlled via TV and DVD remotes.
The robot comes with its own open source programming tool, called Edware. Edware allows users to create programs that users can upload to the robot via a dedicated cable. Edware is currently available for download for Windows only, although Mac and Linux versions are also in the pipeline.
The Edison is being developed by Australian company Microbric. Microbric has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds to bring the educational bot to market.
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