Looking to build your own robot kit with Otto? This quick guide will tell you everything you need to know about Otto’s DIY robots. Learn electronics, engineering, and programming while building your own robot kit.
Discover why and how to build your own robot kit with Otto
Learning how to build your own robot kit with Otto can be an experience for all ages. The study of robotics teaches you design, engineering, operation, and use of robots. Otto makes it fun, easy, and inexpensive.
Our robot kits cater to everyone: from the Maker Community to young learners, hobbyists, advanced programmers, and engineers. No matter the age or experience, Otto can have you on your way to building, programming, and customizing your own robots in no time.
All Otto robot kits are fully programmable, with open source software and applications. You can 3D print your own robot kit, or we’ll ship you all the parts you need to build Otto. To learn more, simply keep reading for why you should learn how to build your own robot kit with Otto.
Make STEM learning fun
Constructing your own robot kit exercises problem solving skills and mathematical thinking, while reinforcing technical and technological knowledge. Robot assembly teaches you how component parts and electronics work. Programming helps you understand the connection between code and action.
Because of this, robot kits are now seeing wider use in the classroom, and for family activities. They’re the ideal companion for developing STEM learning skills, and generally a lot of fun to build, program, and customize.
There are many different robot kits out there, but there’s no better place to start looking than Otto DIY robots. Learn how to build your own robot kit, inexpensively and with ease. Otto is great for most ages, from young to adult robot enthusiasts.
Dive into engineering and electronics
As with any robot kit, your construction of Otto will involve a little bit of engineering and working with electronic component parts. With Otto, you won’t need years of expertise or a degree, however. Otto’s robot kit comes equipped with everything you need under the hood, from the mainboard to the circuitry.
User-friendly Otto instruction manuals will guide you through the process from one kit to the next. Simply follow the simple steps to engineer your robot, from the electronics to its power supply, casing, sensors, legs, arms, and eyes.
Master programming with Arduino or Blockly
Blockly makes it simple even for beginners to code in Arduino, and is what we recommend if completely new to programming. Otto is fully programmable, and supports intuitive block-based visual programming in Arduino or Blockly for ease of use.
Contribute to open source software and applications
Otto’s software and applications are also completely open source, with a thriving community contributing more every day. Otto even supports augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and robotic interaction and learning.
3D print your own robot kit from scratch, print new cases, or add more sensors to create your dream robot. Anything is possible with Otto.
Design and customization
The Otto Builder Community is buzzing with new takes on Otto weekly, from design to coding. It’s an open network for builders, beginners, makers, and educators, and we often host various competitions and love to share with the community.
Here you can find new programs for your Ottos, share pics of your “builds”, or find inspiration for your next Otto project. Maybe it’s turning your Otto into an Avenger? Whatever it is, there’s a community waiting to see what your Otto can do.
Robot kits for all ages
Otto robots adapt to your age and level of knowledge. The more advanced the user, the more Otto evolves to meet your level of learning.
Under age 8
At this age, Otto allows users to:
- Experience the Otto application and user interface, which even young children can experiment and play around with;
- Program actions by applying basic algorithms which Otto responds to.
From age 8-12
- Gain an understanding of electronics programming in greater depth through various activities;
- Build your own robot kit, with no supervision necessary.
- Learn how to use Blockly, the programming platform of choice for this age range. Developed by Google, Blockly allows children to create their own projects or access projects other children have created.
- Assemble the complete range of Ottos, make hardware changes, and learn how to use various electronic component parts.
- Design new casings for Otto robots for 3D printing.
- Add more electronic component parts to build on and customize your robot’s design.
Otto DIY: Making it fun and easy to build your own robot kits
You’ll meet a global network of builders, makers, and educators. Share knowledge. Solve questions. Troubleshoot problems, or contribute to Otto’s open source development.
You can also find us on Discord, or take a scroll through our Instagram to meet Ottos from around the world and learn more about how to build your own robot kit with Otto.