Who's it for?
The Swarmbuddies kit is designed to built by a beginner in robotics. Each kit contains a Bluetooth low-energy chip, two DC gear-motors, a lithium polymer battery, a recharging circuit, the robot's 3D-printed body, IR LEDs, and custom acrylic wheels. After a minimum 10-minute build session, a single Swarmbuddy is ready to dance to some music!
So how does one actually control a Swarmbuddy? Well, there's more than one way. For all of you smartphone-savvy users out there, you can use the custom iOS/Android app. If you'd rather use your computer, you can use Ubuntu 14.04 with "bluez 5.2 and python." A Windows 8 version is currently being developed.
What you'll learn with Swarmbuddies
Each kit you buy grants you access to the Swarmbuddies course. As stated on the Kickstarter campaign, this is one of the possible courses (they're subject to change based on what the backers want). In the course, you'll learn how about vision tracking, synchronizing the robot with music, and other programming skills.
If case you were wondering, here's a list of the rewards you can receive with each pledge.
To bring this post to a closing, Swarmbuddies provide a great way to learn computer vision programming, basic electronics, and introductory robotics. To back Swarmbuddies, visit the Kickstarter campaign or NarwhalEdu's site.