Marty the Robot
- Walking robot kit with nine controllable motors
- Programmable over WiFi using Scratch, Python, and more
- Includes sensors for tilt, acceleration, bump and force
- Upgradable with optional Raspberry Pi single board computer
- Useful from late primary school to university level
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Marty the Robot is an educational robot designed to make robotics and engineering accessible to kids, makers, and educators. Marty is a proper walking robot, with lots of controllable motors and sensors, and can be programmed with languages like Scratch and Python. It’s super easy to get started with Marty but you can also go to a really advanced level in several aspects of robotics. This means Marty can be used from late primary school all the way up to university level. Marty is a robot, not a toy - the ideal robot for learning about robotics.
Marty the Robot: The perfect robot for learning about robotics
Full Robot Kit Included
Assembly takes about 3-4 hours, and is designed to be slightly challenging. Walking robots aren't simple, after all. Everything you need is in the box, including 9 motors; tilt, acceleration, bump, and motor force sensors; our WiFi-enabled control board; rechargeable battery and charger; even a screwdriver!
Marty is controlled and programmed over WiFi. You can even connect multiple Martys and control as many as you'd like.
The ideal educational technology tool
Marty is a real robot - complex, yet not complicated. You can bring the world of robotics to life with a character filled robot that can walk, dance, turn, and even kick a ball. The unique walking mechanism makes it much easier to design your own movements for Marty, and you can use Marty's moving eyebrows to show emotion.
Build, Play, Program, Expand!
Marty is an expandable robot. You can add on extra sensors, even add a Raspberry Pi single board computer and a camera to get Marty to do more advanced activities like playing football autonomously. With the Raspberry Pi on board you can even run ROS, the Robot Operating System used widely in academia and increasingly in industry. 3D printer files are available so you can customise your parts, and the code is open source!
Robotical Founder Dr Sandy Enoch
As a Roboticist himself, Sandy wanted to create a robot that would inspire the next generation. He came up with Marty the Robot while completing his PhD at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Sandy founded Robotical to develop Marty and it's now a fast growing startup based in Edinburgh. At Robotical we're passionate believers in the potential of robotics to make life better for everyone, and we want to inspire, facilitate and educate.
Describe your products in 3 words.
Robot, Educational, Fun
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Whilst doing my PhD in Robotics, I wanted to buy a Christmas present for my niece. I wanted something that would teach her how to code, and was obviously looking for something robot-related, yet everything on the market was either very expensive, difficult to use, or simply a novelty toy. I decided there was a gap for a real robot at an accessible price, and the idea for Marty was born!
What makes your product special?
The really exciting bit is the walking mechanism - no other robot in the world walks like Marty. But more than that, we take capabilities normally reserved for really expensive research robots, like motor force sensing and ROS compatibility, and make them accessible and easier to use. We're a real robot for the price of a smart toy. Marty brings coding alive and encourages a wider range of people to think about robotics, coding and technology in a positive manner. Also, moving eyebrows!
What has been the best part of your experience?
Marty has real personality and it is fantastic to see the reaction from kids when they use the product for the first time.
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It is quite a tricky little build, so needs adult supervision. It can be programmed in Scratch, Python and C++. You can add a microbit or raspberry pi for more functionality. You can also introduce them to ROS and v-rep and can print alternative colours using a 3D printer.
So despite being cute, it also has serious functionality for educators to utilise.
We find some children engage with coding through robotics and for all, it is a nice way to encourage them to upskill from Scratch. We are using it in our "Everything Electronics" Club and are shortly to have a "Marty Buildathon" to build several of them. Cromar Future Group.