FREE - Robotis OLLO Explorer

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FREE - Robotis OLLO Explorer

Post by nunogato » Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:08 pm

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Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:08 pm

ImageIt's not Christmas yet but we are giving away an OLLO explorer kit for free (you'll have to pay for shipping). A lucky person will introduce OLLO to equivalently lucky kids and blog the whole process with pictures and videos. If you want to introduce your kids to Korea's answer to the LEGO monopoly, this is the opportunity.

To receive the OLLO explorer, please post here why you would like to receive it for free, how you plan to use it (weekend with kids, classroom, Lego club..) and how you plan to blog the process so that everyone will see how wonderful OLLO really is. please post your ideas and questions on this tread.

Check out the product page, normally priced at 115GBP.
http://robosavvy.com/store/product_info.php/products_id/1159
ImageIt's not Christmas yet but we are giving away an OLLO explorer kit for free (you'll have to pay for shipping). A lucky person will introduce OLLO to equivalently lucky kids and blog the whole process with pictures and videos. If you want to introduce your kids to Korea's answer to the LEGO monopoly, this is the opportunity.

To receive the OLLO explorer, please post here why you would like to receive it for free, how you plan to use it (weekend with kids, classroom, Lego club..) and how you plan to blog the process so that everyone will see how wonderful OLLO really is. please post your ideas and questions on this tread.

Check out the product page, normally priced at 115GBP.
http://robosavvy.com/store/product_info.php/products_id/1159
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Post by i-Bot » Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:40 pm

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Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:40 pm

I really hopes someone takes up this opportunity. This Ollo kit looks like a great intro. to robotics. Even uses RoboPlus, so there should be plenty of support here for the winner if needed.

Might I suggest you start a Wiki for the Ollo. The available information is rather spread out over Robosavvy and Robotis sites.
I really hopes someone takes up this opportunity. This Ollo kit looks like a great intro. to robotics. Even uses RoboPlus, so there should be plenty of support here for the winner if needed.

Might I suggest you start a Wiki for the Ollo. The available information is rather spread out over Robosavvy and Robotis sites.
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Post by csilviu » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:16 pm

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Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:16 pm

Hello, me and my 12 yo son are really addicted to robots. He just discovered electronics and programming (he started to learn C) and I'm glad to support him. We plan to build an balancing robot (paired with a pair of 3-axis gyro/accelerometer and some wheel sensors). We intend to create a blog to post the project evolution.
Hello, me and my 12 yo son are really addicted to robots. He just discovered electronics and programming (he started to learn C) and I'm glad to support him. We plan to build an balancing robot (paired with a pair of 3-axis gyro/accelerometer and some wheel sensors). We intend to create a blog to post the project evolution.
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Post by Lazarus404 » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:44 am

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Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:44 am

This would be perfect for my daughter. She's nine, but a budding inventor like her father. She's been saving her pocket money to buy the Lego Mindstorms kit (which is £200), as she wants to invent devices to help her mum around the house. My wife is blind, having lost her eyesight only three years ago, so my daughter's always thinking up mad inventions to give her a hand with simple daily activities. She believes, if she can learn electronics, she'll be able to improve her mum's ability to get around the (removed by spam filter) or start a career.

Actually, she had two really great idea's, recently. One was a simple sensor in the end of her mums cane which can detect the chemicals in dog poo and enable her to walk around such mess (it's my wife's biggest issue since becoming blind - her guide dog doesn't see the problem with it... Go figure!), and the other idea was a multi-sensor remote with sticky tags that can be attached to items that tend to relocate (such as the TV remote, her house keys or her mobile phone). With the device, she could select the item she'd like to find and the items tag would beep. I think both idea's are great, and with some electronics education, she can start building such devices without the help of her dad ;-)

I'm a web developer by trade, so the blog idea appeals to me, too. I'm teaching my little girl how to build pages in HTML, at the moment. She's a bright little thing and picking it up pretty quickly.

Anyway, that's what we'd get from such a cool kit as this. I'm sure my daughter would have a whole load of new idea's from this.

Regards,
Lee

PS. I just had an amazing idea. My daughter goes to an all girls school who try to push girls in science. Many of the girls who leave at secondary level go on to be surgeons, physicists and what have you. Each week, my daughters class have Mad Science lessons (after school) and they're always trying to think of new science related topics to teach the girls. I bet, if I showed the school this kit, they'd be very intrigued, indeed.

UPDATE:
I spoke to one of the teachers this morning; one whom takes a number of clubs oriented around art or science (DT club etc). She was very intrigued about the Ollo kit and wanted to know more information about it. One thing she said, which I hadn't known, is that the school already teaches robotics in years 5 and 6. I was advised to lookup the Lego league, though I was unable to get the chance to ask if that meant the school took part in the league, as she had to get on to her class. However, the school are very forward thinking, so if I can prove the Ollo kit is a better option over the Lego products, I'm sure they'll consider adopting it, even if in tandem with the Lego products. Having looked at reviews and descriptions of both product lines, I can honestly see the higher level of creativity available in the Ollo, so would look forward to being able to prove this.

Oh, also, I've got some friends interested in the kit for their children, too :-)
This would be perfect for my daughter. She's nine, but a budding inventor like her father. She's been saving her pocket money to buy the Lego Mindstorms kit (which is £200), as she wants to invent devices to help her mum around the house. My wife is blind, having lost her eyesight only three years ago, so my daughter's always thinking up mad inventions to give her a hand with simple daily activities. She believes, if she can learn electronics, she'll be able to improve her mum's ability to get around the (removed by spam filter) or start a career.

Actually, she had two really great idea's, recently. One was a simple sensor in the end of her mums cane which can detect the chemicals in dog poo and enable her to walk around such mess (it's my wife's biggest issue since becoming blind - her guide dog doesn't see the problem with it... Go figure!), and the other idea was a multi-sensor remote with sticky tags that can be attached to items that tend to relocate (such as the TV remote, her house keys or her mobile phone). With the device, she could select the item she'd like to find and the items tag would beep. I think both idea's are great, and with some electronics education, she can start building such devices without the help of her dad ;-)

I'm a web developer by trade, so the blog idea appeals to me, too. I'm teaching my little girl how to build pages in HTML, at the moment. She's a bright little thing and picking it up pretty quickly.

Anyway, that's what we'd get from such a cool kit as this. I'm sure my daughter would have a whole load of new idea's from this.

Regards,
Lee

PS. I just had an amazing idea. My daughter goes to an all girls school who try to push girls in science. Many of the girls who leave at secondary level go on to be surgeons, physicists and what have you. Each week, my daughters class have Mad Science lessons (after school) and they're always trying to think of new science related topics to teach the girls. I bet, if I showed the school this kit, they'd be very intrigued, indeed.

UPDATE:
I spoke to one of the teachers this morning; one whom takes a number of clubs oriented around art or science (DT club etc). She was very intrigued about the Ollo kit and wanted to know more information about it. One thing she said, which I hadn't known, is that the school already teaches robotics in years 5 and 6. I was advised to lookup the Lego league, though I was unable to get the chance to ask if that meant the school took part in the league, as she had to get on to her class. However, the school are very forward thinking, so if I can prove the Ollo kit is a better option over the Lego products, I'm sure they'll consider adopting it, even if in tandem with the Lego products. Having looked at reviews and descriptions of both product lines, I can honestly see the higher level of creativity available in the Ollo, so would look forward to being able to prove this.

Oh, also, I've got some friends interested in the kit for their children, too :-)
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Post by i-Bot » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:00 am

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Amazing ! Two posts, and already I have had to totally recalibrate my ideas of the imagination of young roboteers, and the potential of this kit
Amazing ! Two posts, and already I have had to totally recalibrate my ideas of the imagination of young roboteers, and the potential of this kit
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Post by i-Bot » Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:36 pm

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Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:36 pm

It is looking like there is a need to add different sensors to the CM100 controller for distance, balance and maybe poo too!

The larger Robotis controllers appear to support the Ollo sensors:
http://support.robotis.com/en/product/b ... sensor.htm
So I guess there is compatibility. However Robotask for the Ollo does not appear to include the user device for custom sensors:
http://support.robotis.com/en/product/b ... sensor.htm
Anybody know how this can be done ?
It is looking like there is a need to add different sensors to the CM100 controller for distance, balance and maybe poo too!

The larger Robotis controllers appear to support the Ollo sensors:
http://support.robotis.com/en/product/b ... sensor.htm
So I guess there is compatibility. However Robotask for the Ollo does not appear to include the user device for custom sensors:
http://support.robotis.com/en/product/b ... sensor.htm
Anybody know how this can be done ?
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Post by Robotactor » Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:41 pm

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Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:41 pm

Well, i would like very much to play with my sons with the "ollo" but i thing i will have to wait for a few years to take full advandage of the creativity that the kit may offer to them to develop.The big one is 4.5 and the other is 2.I have to say that the big one is alredy intrested in construction as he sees me, macking in home, some models for theater plays.
Mostly i would like to use the OLLO kit for the school in wich i teach.
To explain i am teaching Scenografy and Costume design to a Theater school (Melissa Art School) here in Athens were one part of the lesson is the puppet theater and of course the scenery that comes with it(Austrian puppets theater ecc).
One big discussion, that many times we have had with the students, is the use of robots as puppet actors and the difference that could exist between the spontaneous reaction of the live puppeteer and the robot in front of the audience.As i am generaly intrested in the robots and their programmed reactions i am telling them that a professional puppeteer that repeats daily his actions on the scene is not always so "spontaneous" and maybe he is also a little "programmed".
Any way i believe it would be an interesting experiment trying to repeat a part of a scene inside a model of a theater and after that posting the images on their facebooks or at the exibition that the school makes at the end of the scholastic year.
Well, i would like very much to play with my sons with the "ollo" but i thing i will have to wait for a few years to take full advandage of the creativity that the kit may offer to them to develop.The big one is 4.5 and the other is 2.I have to say that the big one is alredy intrested in construction as he sees me, macking in home, some models for theater plays.
Mostly i would like to use the OLLO kit for the school in wich i teach.
To explain i am teaching Scenografy and Costume design to a Theater school (Melissa Art School) here in Athens were one part of the lesson is the puppet theater and of course the scenery that comes with it(Austrian puppets theater ecc).
One big discussion, that many times we have had with the students, is the use of robots as puppet actors and the difference that could exist between the spontaneous reaction of the live puppeteer and the robot in front of the audience.As i am generaly intrested in the robots and their programmed reactions i am telling them that a professional puppeteer that repeats daily his actions on the scene is not always so "spontaneous" and maybe he is also a little "programmed".
Any way i believe it would be an interesting experiment trying to repeat a part of a scene inside a model of a theater and after that posting the images on their facebooks or at the exibition that the school makes at the end of the scholastic year.
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Post by Javito » Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:41 pm

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Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:41 pm

This is a great idea!

What I would do is to give it to my children. I have three sons, 10 years old, 7 and 2, but I think the little one can't play with the Ollo, because of the pieces.

I would do a video blog of all the sessions. With the following planning:

1. Presentation: the children begin to know the Ollo, the system, the possibilities

2. First figures: Try to do with the children the first figures.

3. Introducing movement: try to do figures and combine them with the motor to give movement.

4. Introducing sensors: The next step would be the explanation of the use of sensors and the utility of them with a robot.

Of course this is not a closed program for the activities, perhaps the block 3 and 4 need more time, and should need more video entries than others.

I think a little theory and documentation could be needed, for example introducing robotics (asking the children where can they find robots, what can they do, looking robots in a normal day...)

The possibilities are great, I think Ollo is a very good form to introduce the Robotic world to children and to understand the functions and its programming. And try to show it in a blog would be a very good pedagogic exercise.
This is a great idea!

What I would do is to give it to my children. I have three sons, 10 years old, 7 and 2, but I think the little one can't play with the Ollo, because of the pieces.

I would do a video blog of all the sessions. With the following planning:

1. Presentation: the children begin to know the Ollo, the system, the possibilities

2. First figures: Try to do with the children the first figures.

3. Introducing movement: try to do figures and combine them with the motor to give movement.

4. Introducing sensors: The next step would be the explanation of the use of sensors and the utility of them with a robot.

Of course this is not a closed program for the activities, perhaps the block 3 and 4 need more time, and should need more video entries than others.

I think a little theory and documentation could be needed, for example introducing robotics (asking the children where can they find robots, what can they do, looking robots in a normal day...)

The possibilities are great, I think Ollo is a very good form to introduce the Robotic world to children and to understand the functions and its programming. And try to show it in a blog would be a very good pedagogic exercise.
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Ignite the China market

Post by yangyun » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:41 am

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Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:41 am

Very good ideas have already been raised in the forum, such as making connections between elementary science theory and practice, and videoblogging to better describe the assembly sequences and final actions.

Robosavvy could consider China as a a market with lots of potential. Eventually Chinese kids will be as crazy about robotics as they are in Korea! The key is to educate and excite using blogs and images, takes some thought. For example, I think the best way to create a visual assembly sequence is to assembly it first, then quickly take the pictures as you disassemble!

LEGO is already a formidable brand in China, but there's nothing in robotics yet. The first mover advantage applies to anyone who gets into this market early. People will pay a substantial premium for good quality foreign goods. If they don't all buy it now, at least the 400 million Chinese bloggers can talk about it!
Very good ideas have already been raised in the forum, such as making connections between elementary science theory and practice, and videoblogging to better describe the assembly sequences and final actions.

Robosavvy could consider China as a a market with lots of potential. Eventually Chinese kids will be as crazy about robotics as they are in Korea! The key is to educate and excite using blogs and images, takes some thought. For example, I think the best way to create a visual assembly sequence is to assembly it first, then quickly take the pictures as you disassemble!

LEGO is already a formidable brand in China, but there's nothing in robotics yet. The first mover advantage applies to anyone who gets into this market early. People will pay a substantial premium for good quality foreign goods. If they don't all buy it now, at least the 400 million Chinese bloggers can talk about it!
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Why not me?

Post by Pavel.Simon » Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:47 am

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My children already left our house to university. Than I have more time to go back to my dreams, and play with sophisticated devices.
I can prepare and make a lot of nice and fun applications with OLLO Explorer, publish it in youtube, google or my website.
My children already left our house to university. Than I have more time to go back to my dreams, and play with sophisticated devices.
I can prepare and make a lot of nice and fun applications with OLLO Explorer, publish it in youtube, google or my website.
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Explore the world of Robotics with OLLO Explorer!

Post by Nilesh Wakalkar » Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:21 pm

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Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:21 pm

Hello! I will use the OLLO Explorer in my classroom, classes and also plan to exhibit it in an exhibition conducted by my Institute. I will Theoretically explain, and Practically show how we can use Physics, Programming and Art in Real world.

I can explain the following in a BETTER way, if I turn out to be the LUCKY one of winning the OLLO Explorer:
what is Robotics?
what actually is a robot?
what is sensor, actuator etc.? their type.
how to communicate with a robot?
how OLLO Explorer work?
how can we control the actuator?
where and when to use a robot?
how to modify it according to our application's requirement?
and other such questions...

I will post regarding how I'm using the OLLO Explorer in my life and also upload pics and videos of my projects so that other robot builders and enthusiasts can have a look of my creation and post their thoughts or suggest to me any modification in my project in order to develop it.

I will take along with me robot builders and enthusiasts and Explore the world of Robotics with OLLO Explorer!!

Thanks a lot!
Regards
Hello! I will use the OLLO Explorer in my classroom, classes and also plan to exhibit it in an exhibition conducted by my Institute. I will Theoretically explain, and Practically show how we can use Physics, Programming and Art in Real world.

I can explain the following in a BETTER way, if I turn out to be the LUCKY one of winning the OLLO Explorer:
what is Robotics?
what actually is a robot?
what is sensor, actuator etc.? their type.
how to communicate with a robot?
how OLLO Explorer work?
how can we control the actuator?
where and when to use a robot?
how to modify it according to our application's requirement?
and other such questions...

I will post regarding how I'm using the OLLO Explorer in my life and also upload pics and videos of my projects so that other robot builders and enthusiasts can have a look of my creation and post their thoughts or suggest to me any modification in my project in order to develop it.

I will take along with me robot builders and enthusiasts and Explore the world of Robotics with OLLO Explorer!!

Thanks a lot!
Regards
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Post by Wondergy » Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:00 am

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Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:00 am

I run a science educational outreach company. We are putting together basic robotics courses for elementary age kids, for teens, and for senior citizens. We're trying to figure out how to make robotics less black-box, more accessible, and to allow for creativity in the process. I have worked with Lego kits in the past, but they hide the workings of the electronics and sensors, and they are so expensive that we couldn't let students take them home.

In frustration with what I could find, I started taking a microcontroller class, considering teaching automation the truly authentic way. But I still haven't found an intuitive visual programming environment for them.

And along comes your announcement! It's like you heard my request! I would love to try your system, use it with a p prototype robotics class, and then potentially buy many, many more of your kits as the program grows in popularity.

Thanks for putting this together. Please send us a sample kit!
I run a science educational outreach company. We are putting together basic robotics courses for elementary age kids, for teens, and for senior citizens. We're trying to figure out how to make robotics less black-box, more accessible, and to allow for creativity in the process. I have worked with Lego kits in the past, but they hide the workings of the electronics and sensors, and they are so expensive that we couldn't let students take them home.

In frustration with what I could find, I started taking a microcontroller class, considering teaching automation the truly authentic way. But I still haven't found an intuitive visual programming environment for them.

And along comes your announcement! It's like you heard my request! I would love to try your system, use it with a p prototype robotics class, and then potentially buy many, many more of your kits as the program grows in popularity.

Thanks for putting this together. Please send us a sample kit!
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Post by nunogato » Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:46 pm

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We are really glad to see all this enthusiasm around this product.

We have not decided yet who will get a free OLLO Kit but there are some interesting applications.
We are really glad to see all this enthusiasm around this product.

We have not decided yet who will get a free OLLO Kit but there are some interesting applications.
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Post by limor » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:46 pm

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Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:46 pm

We have a winner - Lazarus404
Thanks to everyone that has submitted their proposals.

Lazarus and his daughter will receive the OLLO kit and we look forward to tracking their progress.


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We have a winner - Lazarus404
Thanks to everyone that has submitted their proposals.

Lazarus and his daughter will receive the OLLO kit and we look forward to tracking their progress.


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Post by Lazarus404 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:09 pm

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Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:09 pm

Thank you guys,

My daughter and I are very grateful and excited to have won. We will be setting up a new blog, which will be at the URL http://ollo.designrealm.co.uk. This hasn't been setup just yet, so I'll be sure to let you know when it's available and we'll make regular posts of our findings and inventions.

Kindest regards,
Lee
Thank you guys,

My daughter and I are very grateful and excited to have won. We will be setting up a new blog, which will be at the URL http://ollo.designrealm.co.uk. This hasn't been setup just yet, so I'll be sure to let you know when it's available and we'll make regular posts of our findings and inventions.

Kindest regards,
Lee
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