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EZ Robot

What is EZ Robot?

EZ-Robots are modular DIY-assembly kit robots. Using open-source ‘clip ‘n play’ parts, EZ Robots are designed to bring access of sophisticated robotics to users of all ages and levels of understanding.

Quicklinks

Getting Started |  EZ Robot Revolution |  Tips from a Librarian |  Kits for Loan

How do EZ-Robots work?

EZ Robot kits are comprised of ‘EZ-Bits’ - heavy duty servo motors which clip easily together to form the limbs of the robot. EZ-bit servo’s connect to the ‘brain’ of the robot, a Wi-Fi robot controller, enabling direct control of the robot via tablet or PC.  High level programming options are also available via PC-based software.  Load the software onto your PC, or the app to your mobile device in order to control all core movements of the robot.  Beginners can start programming right away with basic block programming options, whilst advanced users can build capability by coding original actions, sequences of movement, facial and speech recognition in EZ-script. EZ-Bits can be mixed and matched to augment an existing robot, or come up with entirely new and original robotic creation.

The EZ-Life... All The Robots! (overview of range)

Video length: 4:04

What Can EZ-Robot Do?

Video length: 3:31

The EZ-Robot Revolution Series

Links to complete set up tutorials, videos and activity resources for each EZ robot kit.

Scroll down to ‘Getting started’ tab and select ‘activities’.

JD Humanoid |  Six Hexapod |  Adventure Bot |  Roli Rover |  Battle Flipper

Learning topics

Some suggested learning topics for using EZ Robot to reach meaningful outcomes for program participants:

  • Power - how a battery works, what are volts, amps, what is the C rating on a battery;
  • Communications channels: Analog, Digital, Serial,I2C; What each would be used for
  • Different types of motors and controllers: H-Bridge, Servo, DC Motors.
  • Have participants disassemble a servo motor and rebuild it, then write a short report on what each part of the servo does.
  • CALIBRATION of the robots (Especially important for JD)
  • Assign the robots to the participants and let them build them.
  • Load the Example Projects from EZ-Robot and play with them for a while, paying special attention to the animation sequences that are used.
  • Have participants discuss what controls the Example Projects use and why those were used.
  • Have participants start a new project in EZ-Builder. Have them incorporate making the robot walk or right itself if it fell over. Have them program object recognition and perform an action based on the recognition of the object. They would need to be able to move around the room autonomously.
  • Take the robots apart and place all of the parts in a bucket. Allow each person to pick one part at a time and then build a robot off of those parts. It is interesting what they will come up with.

How can I get an EZ-Robot kit?

State Library of Queensland has an EZ-Robot kit available for loan, comprising 2 Revolution JD humanoid robots and 1 Revolution Six Hexapod Robot. To request a kit, search the RLQ online catalogue for “EZ-Robot” and use your library membership login to reserve. For further information email ic@slq.qld.gov.au.

Last updated
16th January 2018