Today’s movies such as Pacific Rim and the Transformers franchise feature lots of robots.
Even a few TV shows have robots, including the acclaimed Humans on British Television which dialed down the naughty bits from the Swedish original version.
All these shows tend to portray robots as something futuristic. The Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS is now here to prove that the future has arrived.
Of course, we have had robot toys before. But the Meccano Meccanoid G15 robot is a different matter altogether. It’s not just a doll (oops, an action figure) with metal parts, or even a metal toy that can be remote controlled.
It’s a robot that learns.
A Short History of Meccano
Meccano didn’t start out as a toy. When it was first marketed back in 1901, it was more like a Lego set based on actual engineering principles.
It was deliberate designed to appeal to young kids, so they would enjoy spending a lot hours making their own bridge or toy wheelbarrow. As time went on, kids learned to build cars and even mechanical analog computers.
The goal was to help bring forth the next set of engineers, or at least the people who enjoy tinkering with equipment such as appliances and cars.
The Meccano toys taught children the basics of engineering principles, helped them learn how to solve problems, and improved their manual dexterity.
These toys became so ubiquitous that just about every engineering department in universities around the world had one of these things at some point.
But now kids don’t care about wheelbarrows. So what will get kids from 10 on up to set aside their video games to build something real and not on a monitor? This is the answer: the Meccano Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot.
How Easy Is It to Build?
Most of the Meccanoid G15 review articles written by experts and actual customers say that the Meccano Meccanoid G15 KS is actually easy to build, although it will take time.
It’s not like other times which require assembly, and you can be finished in an hour or two. It’s more like a project, to which a kid can devote some time.
If you’re a parent, don’t worry about the time needed to make it—kids these days take a lot of time with their video game characters, cars, and yes, even robots.
At least Meccano has improved its tool kit and instructions. In the old days, the tools were nothing more than basic spanners, but now the tools are actually ergonomic for easier use.
And Meccano no longer provides instructions that contained deliberate errors. Back then, the company said that this was to encourage problem-solving. Today, that will just annoy people.
So how old should the kid be for the Meccanoid G15? The kid should be at least old enough not to put things in their mouth.
It comes with more than a thousand small parts, and kids too young may think you’re offering a feast.
The kids should be old enough at least to have some patience, although the many high tech features of this robot can give it “cool” factor that even video games can’t match.
Features of the Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS
It’s hard enough to describe what the end result would be in a Meccano robot review.
So it’s best to look up online videos to see the Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot in action to get the full effect.
We can tell you about the more prominent features, however.
It features more than 1,100 pieces and ten motors, and you end up with a robot that’s 4-feet tall.
This includes LED eyes with 500 colors and an 8-channel brain with 64 MB of flash memory. It’s powered by 4 C-cell alkaline batteries and you also get a Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery Pack.
To build it, you also get 2 hand tools, 8 servos, 2 rear wheel assemblies, and 2 motor gearboxes. You don’t have to build a standing robot if you don’t want too.
You can make a dog instead, or even a dinosaur. It’s even compatible with older Meccano parts, if you have them lying around.
But you end up with a robot that learns how to move.
One programing mode is the “ragtop avatar”. Here you use your smart device, such as a tablet or a smartphone.
If you don’t have these devices yet, then you may not be the sort of person for whom the Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS is designed.
You download the Meccanoid App, which is free from the App Store or Google Play.
Now with the app, you can now use your smart device to make the Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot turn, twist, or move in any way you like, simply by swiping your screen.
Another programming mode is by simply moving it manually. You can move its head and its arm, program it, and then with a push of a button the robot replicates those movements.
In fact, you can even program the robot to mimic your own movements through motion capture.
You just mount a smartphone on the robot, and by using the camera it will mimic what you do. So move your arms around, and it will do the same.
There’s even voice recognition. It is already preprogrammed to respond to more than 100 voice commands. So tell it to “walk forward” and it will.
This is a robot, so yes it walks! And you can add to these commands, so it will do whatever motion you program it to do when you say particular commands.
You can have it give you a high five, or to bang fists with you.
It also interacts, and it can do so with programming. So it can greet you on your birthday, and it will remember names. It can ask questions, tell jokes and spout trivia.
Other Incredible Features
Meccano Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot Video
Final Thoughts on This Meccano Meccanoid G15 KS
This is a great toy, no doubt about it. The only problem is that when you buy just one Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS, there’s a very good chance that a parent and a kid will fight over who gets to build it and program it.
But then when it comes to learning engineering, these are fights that any parents can live with. Or you can buy two!