New Invention – MOSS – The Dynamic Robot Construction Kit
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Build your own robots with MOSS! Simple, fun, magnetic robot construction kits. No coding, no wires, oodles of configurations!
What is MOSS?
MOSS is a brand new robot construction system from Modular Robotics. It was designed, prototyped and engineered over the last two and a half years. Building with MOSS is incredibly fun and easy thanks to an intuitive, magnetic construction system.
With MOSS there is no need for coding or wiring your construction. The power and data are sent through an elegant single button contact, while the ground passes through the steel spheres.
MOSS uses over-molded neodymium, “rare earth,” magnets and carbon steel ball bearings to build a wide variety of constructions. The tactile click of building with MOSS is enough to keep you entertained for hours.
How does MOSS work?
It’s easy to snap MOSS modules together to make a static structure, but to make things move and light up, you’ll need to understand the color coding system for the individual faces. Keep in mind that production MOSS kits will be different colors from the versions shown here. We’ll use these versions for this example, though, since we’re surrounded by the pretty colors.
Yellow faces conduct power. If you look at the BATTERY module, you’ll see that it has only yellow faces; this module’s main purpose is to supply power to other modules. To power up a MOSS module like a SPIN, for instance, you’ll need to connect one of its yellow faces directly or indirectly to one of the yellow faces on a BATTERY module. Blue and green faces conduct data: blue is data output and green is input. If you want a DISTANCE sensor to control the speed of a SPIN, for instance, you’ll need to connect the DISTANCE’s blue data out to the SPIN’s green data input. Get it? There’s only one more face, the pink passthrough face, which can pass any signal, either power or data. If your BATTERY is a few modules away from something you need to power, use the pink faces on a FLEXIBLE module (or a few single cubes in series) to transfer the power.