Thames and Kosmos Geckobot Wall Climbing Robot Educational Toy
Thames & Kosmos Geckobot – The ASTRA* best toys for kids 2016 winner has just released. Thames and Kosmos Geckobot is a wall climbing robot that can climb walls reliably. The Thames & Kosmos Geckobot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down smooth surfaces, such as mirrors, white boards, plastic, glass and any other smooth vertical surfaces with ease. As the name says, this robotic mimics motion of an actual gecko, so 2 of its feet stay connected to the wall surface while the other 2 feet are taken off of it.
In all likelihood you share your house with these little lizards called Geckos or you have been on trips where you have seen them. There are over 1,500 species of them worldwide. But this isn’t a natural history lesson we are going to look at a new educational toy called the Geckobot that lets you build your own robot gecko.
Thames & Kosmos are known for their fun range of educational toys and this is one of the latest in their range. It comes in 176 parts that you build to make your very own Geckbot that can walk vertically up any smooth service from walls to windows.
This is achieved by using a motorized, battery driven air suction function that makes the legs move the same as a real life Gecko’s would and the suction pumps enable it to adhere and release itself from the surface with correct timing. It also looks very realistic with a tail that moves side to side as it moves.
Who Would Buy The Geckobot?
Manufacturer recommended age is 8 to 15 years so this is for kids of 8+ and could appeal to many kids for different reasons. The set is very similar to LEGO technics so if they like building Lego sets this might appeal. For children who are interested in science and hands on experiments this would definitely be a good buy. For children who like nature or who are into creepy crawlies this would be a good alternative to them bringing the real thing into the home!
This Geckobot robotic lizard has just released on Amazon.com and has a recommended retail price of $103.50.
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Things We Like About the Geckobot
This is a great educational toy that can teach a child some basic practical science. It’s also great that they can build it themselves and it comes with a fully illustrated manual that shows them how to put it together and the science behind it.
It also can be used to build a further six models including a mechanical arm, a car, octopus, insect, window cleaning device and vacuum holder. When the tongue hits an object, the robot starts walking back down the wall.
Things We Didn’t Like About the Thames and Kosmos Geckobot
This is a cool toy, who wouldn’t like a wall crawling robot lizard? If we have anything negative to say maybe we would have liked it to be more gecko looking than robot looking, but hey we are just trying to find fault here and there is nothing really wrong with it at all!
Is The Geckobot Worth The Money?
The Geckobot matched with the right child is certainly going to be worth the money; they can have a lot of fun with it and learn some cool facts as well. This astonishing wall-climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces, like glass, plastic, whiteboards, and glossy laminates.
The battery-powered motor drives an innovative gear system that produces a rotating motion making the legs move back and forth and up and down, mimicking a real gecko so two of the feet are touching the wall while the other two feet are lifted off of the wall, in an alternating motion. At the same time, the gear system drives an air pump that creates a vacuum at the two feet touching the wall while blowing air outward at the other two feet. In this way, two of the feet are always holding the model to the wall, while the other two feet are pushing off and stepping forward.
But if your child has no interest in building things or science then this might be a waste.
Geckobot Parts – What’s Inside Your Experiment Kit?
Good to know! If you are missing any parts, please contact Thames & Kosmos customer service:
- US: firstname.lastname@example.org
- UK: email@example.com
Geckobot Manual Book Download
You can downlad a Geckobot instruction manual book here. This 24 page fill-color guide book will shows you a step-by-step illustrated instructions and provides scientific information and explanations for Geckobot.
Geckobot Wall Climbing Robot Instruction Video
Where Can I Buy The Thames and Kosmos Geckobot?
Thames & Kosmos Geckobot is available in most toy shops as well as big online stores such as Amazon. Amazon is always worth taking a look as you can read the most up to date reviews from genuine users. So we’d suggest checking Amazon.com to buy Geckobot as they are a trusted and competitively priced retailer.
Final Thoughts About the Geckobot Climbing Robot
You can build 6 other models and conduct experiments with suction to learn about air pressure and the mechanical physics of this unique device. Build models of an industrial robotic arm with a vacuum suction cup gripper, crawling inch worm, smartphone holder, suction tow truck and car, ellipsograph, and suction gun.
So this is something a bit different and will appeal to a lot of kids. The ability to build the Thames and Kosmos Geckobot and play with it and then modify it to make different models justifies the price tag.