So, it would appear that it is time to review another terrific Sphero product, and you might remember when I did the review of the Bolt rolling ball, the tank-like RVR, and the cool Indi car. I’m going to do something that I really have never reviewed with this littleBits Space Rover Inventor Kit.
I have reviewed several types of STEM kits before, so much so, that I don’t feel like explaining the acronym. Most of them have these special pieces that you can fit together and then take control of it using a smartphone or tablet to do all kinds of things. So what makes the introductory Base Inventor Kit from littleBits so different?
Well, part of it is the components. I think in the video I describe them as something like LEGO, but perhaps I should have said construction kit. For example, there is a component that provides power, with the source being an ordinary 9-volt battery (included). These components magnetically lock together, and their sequence can make certain models do certain things.
I won’t bother explaining what each component is, but I will say that the the Base Inventor Kit comes with these paper constructions so you can fold them together with a little origami action. What you have to do is download the LittleBits app, and from there you can take control of the components via Bluetooth wireless link.
I have a video of it so you can see it in action, and there are a few things that I have to say about the rover. First of all, some of the folding didn’t stick as well as the instructions said they would, but I have to give credit to the easy-to-follow instructions. Second, getting the axles to work was a little bit of a problem, as the wires didn’t quite stretch correctly. Yet these are truly nitpicks, as you can see that the model works very well, and it took me under an hour to assemble it.
So, yes, we love this kit, and this isn’t only the kit from Sphero. Perhaps we will review those as well. You should be able to purchase the LittleBits Space Rover Inventor Kit on the Sphero website for $200.