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Thymio Robots

A Swiss-made robot, Thymio robots work with drag and drop languages and text-based languages like JavaScript.

What makes a robot fun? What makes a robot educational? Fortunately these two questions share similar answers. It is fun to pick up a robot and immediately begin figuring out how to control it. It is educational to reach the limits of this type of exploration with a desire to learn how to make the robot do even more.

Thymio, a robot developed in Switzerland and popular throughout Europe, is easy to start up and extends from pre-programmed functions, to drag and drop programming, and all the way on up to JavaScript.

Out of the box, Thymio comes with five pre-programmed motion sensors, each mode represented by its own LED color combination. Press an arrow on top of Thymio to turn it red and it moves away from you, press another arrow to turn it green and Thymio follows you. At the edge of an elevated surface? Proximity sensors on the bottom of Thymio tell it to stop before tumbling down. In fact, Thymio has over 20 sensors including an accelerometer, thermometer, and a microphone.

Thymio Robot Details

After clicking the arrows on top of Thymio to discover its 5 pre-programmed modes, you are able to choose from several programming environments to work with on a computer. A good first step is to install Thymio’s free Aceba Studio programming environment. Aceba Studio gives us three programming options: a visual programming language, Blockly, and Aceba’s text-based language.


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