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tinobo Robot kit

The innovative robot kit for experimenting

Price $135.00

Member price $122.00

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tinobo offers a new, exciting and playful approach to the fascinating world of electronics without the need for programming. Its patented sensor technology allows it to respond in a particularly sensitive manner to its environment and detect obstacles using only brightness contrasts.

tinobo's first control circuits can be set up using only a few components following instructions and gradually expanded with increased understanding. With 56 slots and just as many interchangeable components (resistors, capacitors, diodes), the experimental platform offers countless possibilities to realise the most varied functions and reactions and to give tinobo a very personal character.


  • Various functions
  • Analog control
  • Requires no programming
  • Patented sensor technology
  • For both beginners and professionals
  • (rechargable) battery operation - up to 50 hours
  • Surprising driving manoeuvres through sensitive reaction to light and shadow
  • Avoiding obstacles and collisions
  • Follows light, lines or objects
  • Combining of functions
  • Interaction with other robots via infrared light

Fun while discovering and learning
From the process of soldering to the first start and go - all necessary steps are described in detail in the construction manual (available here shortly) and documented with numerous illustrations. The experiment guide shows the construction of three basic circuits, explains how they work and provides tasks for further experiments. With creativity and increasing understanding, more complex behavioural patterns can also be realized. tinobo offers fun and variety for a long time!

Overview of the components

Electronic components: 2 switches, 1 self-resetting fuse, 1 charging jack, 6 LEDs, 5 phototransistors, 6 IR-LEDs, 2 dual operational amplifiers, 2 potentiometers, 40 resistors, 10 capacitors, 4 diodes.

Mechanical components: 2 circuit boards, 2 metal gear motors, 2 motor holders, 2 wheels, 1 ball caster with retaining plate, 2 battery holders, 14 screws, 6 nuts , 4 spacer bolts, 4 soldering pins , 14 sockets, 14 IC sockets, 2 LED holder, 1 shrinkage tube, 1 black tape, 1 storage box.

Necessary equipment: Soldering iron and solder, small pliers and wire cutter, small cross and slotted screwdriver, 4 AAA /R03 (rechargeable) batteries (not included).

This is how tinobo works

tinobo gains its "sensory impressions" with the help of light sensitive sensors. With the patented combination of sensors, it can precisely navigate and react sensitively to its environment. Just like our human visual system, tinobo has a relative brightness perception which automatically adapts to the prevailing ambient conditions.

tinobo's "brain cells" are two operational amplifiers. They control the motors and can be alternatively wired via numerous slots with resistors, capacitors or diodes. The structure resembles a simple neural network with two neurons. It allows studying individual behaviour, as can be observed in simple organisms.

Two further operational amplifiers Control tinobo's infrared LEDs. With them, it can react differently to reflective barriers. It is also able to communicate with other robots using these IR-LEDs.

SKU 17072
Manufacturer Variobot
Editorial Number 150236-91

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