FURACOS is a platform oriented to the teaching of STEM disciplines focusing on Electronics, Robotics, Programming and, for its construction system, Mechanical.
An Arduino Shield where you connect each ladrillo to control and power it. Combining the ladrillos on different projects can be made, like blinking a LED or a Mechatronic project like a moving robot controlled using Bluetooth. By using the GVS system the electronic you don’t need to solder or use external prototyping boards only plug the included wire and that’s all.
To learn there is a complete tutorial on our helping web: DiablecoS.com
It works as an Arduino Shield but the Arduino Nano also works. The main use is interconnect all the ladrillos but it also includes a power off circuit (with a switch) and also integrates a Bluetooth module.
They are the input/output devices, they can be analog or digital and they are made with basic circuits. In all cases includes all necessary cables for use it.
Plastic construction system based on flat lines and panels and 3D printed parts (16 group of different pieces). All add up almost 50 individual pieces. The connection between the pieces is performed with reusable rivets.
Summary of available Ladrillos
Tiny version (red LED) y and big one (green LED). They Represent the digital output and it is the simplest element. On kits you can find one of each size.
With 2 color cap: blue and white. They represent the digital input. Comes one of each color in each kit.
With this ladrillo you can ear simple beeps or nice melodies.
A variable resistor intended to read as an analog signal. By turning the rotative actuator the resistor changes its value.
A kid of LED that let create lots of colors using 3 basic colors: red, green and blue. You can turn on each LED individually.
It is controlled as if a Continuous Rotation Servo, it needs same signal. But the power and speed are much higher than a normal servo. It have 4 fixed speeds, changed on a button.
Double Line Follower
It is designed to work with a common 1cm insulating tape. The “double” is because it uses 2 sensors to follow the line rightly.
Is a ladrillo that needs no programming: only plug and use it. It charges with a microUSB wire and its output is 7.5V and it comes with a 2.1mm connector.
In every ladrillo there are as many connectors as signals needs (for example 1 on the potentiometer and 3 on the RGB).
Furacos is sold in kits, being the ROBOT KIT the reference product then it contents all basic elements, motors and plastic parts.
There are 3 KIT
- Starter: Basic elements, ideal to start on Electronics.
- Advanced: It adds motor and IR, this is the maker option.
- Robot: It comes with plastics so you can build tons of fun.
They are also available spare parts for sale individually.
Table with every contents of the kits:
|Starter Kit||Advanced Kit||Robot Kit||When sold|
Each digital or analog port will use a cable, in other words, if a component needs few ports it will use several cables. This way is a simple thing to understood the inner workings, for example a RGB LED which internally consists of 3 LEDs will have 3 wires to control it.
Connection is really easy because there is a color code on cable and board:
- Signal = White
- Positive = Red
- Negative = Black
Example: RGB uses 3 GVS
Remarkable data about Furacos kits:
- Main board in Arduino Shield format.
- With mainboard a compatible Arduino board is included.
- Bluetooth module integrated on mainboard.
- Power ladrillo with rechargeable battery greater than 2000mA.
- Included wires: USB for the Arduino, charging USB, power jack and every ladrillo includes its GVS wires.
Helping you on teaching and usage
It works with Arduino so you can use: Windows, Linux and MacOS
It works, among others: Arduino IDE, Ardublock, mBlock, Bitbloq…
There is a complete tutorial free and online on DiablecoS.com (only Spanish temporarily)
Do you need spare parts or extend your kit?
You can also buy it separately.
Kit main content
Electronic boards fully assembled and ready to use
Brain compatible with Arduino Uno or Nano
Battery module, rechargeable using a USB
Mainboard with Bluetooth
Wires including: USB, power and GVS