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Fable

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Fable is a modular robotics kit for the classroom that makes it easy and fun for students to build and program their own robots. Kids can quickly prototype, test, and improve their creations while learning real-world problem solving.

Creator
Shape Robotics and Technical University of Denmark
Country
Denmark πŸ‡©πŸ‡°
Year
2017
Type
Education, Consumer
Country
Denmark πŸ‡©πŸ‡°
Year
2017
Type
Education, Consumer

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Specs

FEATURES
For ages 8 and up. Fast to build. Easy to program. Designed for the classroom. Robust, modular design. Strong magnetic connectors. Wireless programming. USB rechargeable. Note: Specs shown here are for an example configuration.
HEIGHT
32 cm | 12.6 in
LENGTH
23 cm | 9 in
WIDTH
31 cm | 12.2 in
WEIGHT
2.1 kg | 4.6 lb
SPEED
1.23 km/h | 0.7 mph

SENSORS
Sensors on Fable modules: color, proximity, light, encoders.
ACTUATORS
Robotis Dynamixel AX-12A actuators
POWER
3,500-mAh lithium-ion battery pack, 8 hours of operation
COMPUTING
Atmel microcontroller in each module. Main control executed on user PC.
SOFTWARE
Programmable using Blockly or Python
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
2 DoF per active module (Fable Joint: 2 DoF, -90 to 90 degrees; Fable Spin: 2 DoF, 360 degrees, 60 rpm)
MATERIALS
Injection molded plastic
COST
$500 starting kit; other kits and separate parts available
STATUS
Ongoing
WEBSITE
https://www.shaperobotics.com/

History

Fable began as an academic project at the Technical University of Denmark, outside of Copenhagen. In 2011, Moises Pacheco, a PhD student, and David Johan Christensen, an associate professor and robotics researcher, started working on a robotics system designed to be extremely easy-to-use even for young students. They were inspired by earlier projects based on modular robots, including a collaboration they had with Lego to develop new, digital products. At the end of 2015, the two roboticists, along with Helene Christensen, a project manager, founded Shape Robotics as a spin-off company from their lab at the Technical University of Denmark. The Fable robotics system has since launched not only in Denmakr but also in the U.K., United States, Italy, France, and Mexico, and the company hopes to make Fable available to even more students globally.