Is this the US version? We've had it in the UK for the last two years and
have had to endure the development cycle, with bug-fixes, upgraded boards
and the like. The US version should be bug-free (ho ho). It is good and it
does work, but you might feel the final cost is a bit steep. The chassis
makes a good platform for other projects. The magazine (UK version) is aimed
at the 13-14 year old age group and is quite educational.
At an early stage I bought chassis parts as spares and put my own
electronics on board - the description and schematic for Cy-Q are on my web
Yes I have the US Version. I think I'll go on with it for a few more
installments at least. It looks like it takes months and months to complete
and ends up costing over $1000.00 (USD).
However like you say it iappears to be very informative. Thanks for your
I got the UK version. Started off fairly slowly. Eventually lsot
interest and the subscription service was *extremely* poor (lots of
magazines arrived out of order or not at all).
My best advice is to not buuild anything until you have about 4 or 5
magazines as lots of times I would find my self putting it all together,
only to find that in a few magazines later it says "undo part X and put
in part Y, then replace part X". Might be ok if you have really small
hands but I found it VERY irritating.
Eventually I cancelled subscription after I had the handset controller
and programmability functionality components (incidentallly someone has
created a proper language for "real" programming the robot - otherwise
you are stuck with nasty kiddie flow chart type things) and just sat
down one night with about 20 magazines and put it all together. They
seem to be comming up with a load of random stuff just to keep making
money out of you (built in "ball flipper" attatchment, headset with
built in torch, voice recognition, the list goes on).
Its fairly expensive and I am not sure it was really worth it
considering what I got at the end. Still, it was an experience!
Chassis would be useful for hobby projects I guess. I was really only
ever interested in getting a platform working that would allow me to
programme it easily. Bit disappointed with the programmability really
but it is aimed at kids I guess.
If you want to go further & hack into the guts of these Cybots, have a look
at these two sites.
Which consists mainly of PDF files of the circuits
This one I think is better written and has the circuits within the HTML
pages along with photo's and explanations.
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