Every year Thames & Kosmos comes with many inventive, learning kits. This year's outstanding kit is the GeckoBot. This 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. Kids can build six other models including an industrial robotic arm with a vacuum suction cup gripper, crawling inch worm, smartphone holder, suction tow truck and car, even a window cleaning robot. Age 8+,under $50.00. Coming fall 2016.
Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/b0Z4PyKruvw
Geckobot company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W9G7lO6aOw
Company website: http://thamesandkosmos.com/index.php/robotics/geckobot