I got this for my younger brother and he loved it. Really fun and the activities are nicely made. Would love to have more modules in it but a great starting kit with enough to learn and build projects.
I love the idea and I'm sure it's a great product. The criticisms I have are that the instructions on and in the box are not clear enough. I bought it as a gift for my grandson but he and his dad couldn't make head or tail of what it was. It nearly got sent back. It was only because I looked up some links and sent them to them that it is still with them.
Secondly, the instructions for the projects are really basic. If it doesn't work as described, it's not obvious what to do next. This last comment is anecdotal but my grandson is very good technically so if he can't navigate the site, then the site isn't good enough.
I have also just found out that the app for iPhone and iPad is a limited version compared to the one for a laptop or computer. I don't think this is acceptable.
I think that one of the main problems with coding today is that it is difficult for people to build something with code if they don't know how to code. I have always wanted to build something, but never took the time to learn a language. So I simply bought a sam lab inventor kit and was able to program something awesome without a line of code. this product is a great intro for people like me who are not good at coding... (yet)
Great starter kit for the SAM labs stuff although I have had a bit of trouble getting the Bluetooth working. It worked fine on my MacBook but as I didn't want my son to keep using it (as I needed it for work!) I tried to reconnect the kit to the home iMac but it kept failing to see the blocks - even with the dongle. Also, on the light sensor the USB power socket detached from the PCB after only a week although I must say SAM labs immediately sent a replacement at no cost. All in all, I do like it and my son likes the App too - especially the integration with IFTTT which then allows him to have SAM labs interact with the Hue lights in our house!! Only downside is the price is quite high so it's quite an investment to build up a large set of blocks.
Interesting concept but not well documented. Eventually worked out how to connect the hardware but some items didn't work. No user manual anywhere to be seen. What do you do with the machines once you get them goofing. Suggestions please.
I came across SAM Labs while at the Science museum in December and was instantly amazed by the product. I got a cool demo from the sales person and they showed me some of the applications, but I wasn't entirely sure it would be right for me. After checking out more videos of projects and seeing what others have done, I decided to get started myself. This is a solid kit to get begin with because of the 5 project that talk you through the app, and I'm now looking at which next modules I should buy to move on to bigger projects.