Marty the Robot Gets Makeover
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Robotical, an Edinburgh, UK robotics company that introduced "Marty" in 2016 as a STEM learning tool, has announced a second-generation version that comes with new resources for the classrooms. "Marty 2.0," like the original one, is described as a walking robot that can be built and programmed by students. The new version is scheduled to ship in early 2020.
Sound and speech capabilities;
Improved sensors for proximity detection;
"Smart servos" that allow Marty to be "poseable," enabling users to teach Marty movements by moving him around;
A modular expansion interface;
A learning platform
Marty 1.0 was WiFi-compliant; Marty 2 will include WiFi as well as Bluetooth and USB compatibility. While the current version was charged with a nine-volt cable, the new one can be charged with USB C fast-charging.
While the original Marty was expected to take three to four hours to build and was recommended for students 14 and older, the newer edition will take about an hour to put together and is suggested for students 10 and older. (With simplified build variants, it's also suitable for those 7 and older, according to the company.)
Teachers will gain access to lesson plans, teacher training and extra support, all workable with laptop, tablet and iPad.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.