Explore the cutting edge of automotive technology with this futuristic car. Construct the sleek, high-tech car, and then use your tablet or smartphone to control the car’s motorized wheels and steer it in any direction. On your device’s screen, watch the car as it drives through a virtual, augmented reality cityscape. Use the free downloadable app to script a simple program that instructs your car to automatically follow a predetermined course through your city.
To build your virtual city, spread the AR (augmented reality) code cards out across the floor and point your tablet’s camera at them. The app interprets the AR codes as buildings and houses so that a virtual city springs up on your tablet’s screen. Once you have built your city, you can manually steer your car through it or program a route using a special “draw and drive” function in the app. But be careful: If your car gets too close to a building or runs a stoplight, you may hear police sirens!
The kit's construction system also allows you to build seven cool models in addition to the smart car. Illustrated step-by-step instructions allow you to build, remotely control, and program models of a motorcycle, forklift truck, futuristic car, airboat, helicopter, airplane, and flying car. Each uses up to four electric motors, and each motor can be controlled independently using the app. A full-color, 64-page experiment manual provides assembly and usage instructions, as well as lots of information about these fascinating technologies.
Please note: Requires Internet access to download the free app, and one of the following Bluetooth-compatible devices running iOS 5.0 or newer: iPad mini; iPad 3 and 4 (iPad with retina display) or newer; iPhone 4S and 5 or newer; iPod touch 5th generation or newer.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARDsmall parts not for children under 3 years.
Ages 10 and up. 219 pieces. 19 1/16"L x 13"W x 3 1/4"D. Four AA batteries, not included. Requires Internet access to download the free app, and one of the following Bluetooth-compatible devices running iOS 5.0 or newer: iPad mini; iPad 3 and 4 (iPad with retina display) or newer; iPhone 4S and 5 or newer; iPod touch 5th generation or newer.
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My 12 year old grandson was thrilled when he received the Smart Car Robotics Kit. I was worried something would go wrong and it wouldn't be what was indicated in the catalog. However, he put it together with no problems and it synced easily with his iphone. He was thrilled. Later he took apart the car and built the airplane. It also worked out really well. I am very pleased with this purchase.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend