Make A Robot Kit, or M.A.R.K. for short, is a robot designed to make artificial intelligence and robotics easy to learn and accessible to all, that should be available in July (it is currently on KickStarter ). The MCU used for its intelligence is a K210, with which I had a already worked before, so when I got offered a chance to try MARK before it was even released, I couldn't say no.First: the assembly
MARK comes with everything needed to build it and get it running, and it could hardly be easier
After attaching the board to the chassis, the sensors are basically plug-and-play: attach them to the chassis, plug them were they should (everything is written on the board) and you're good to go !
To make it look better than a bunch of cable on wheels, a magnetic chassis comes on top of it to give MARK this look:
MARK can be coded in Python, or using a graphical IDE. On my first project with a K210, I had used Python, so I decided to give the graphical IDE a try.
Once again, it was really easy to get started with it: all usual functions as well as MARK specific functions are available, and you can check in real time the Python code generated:
Since MARK is made for AI and machine vision, I decided to make him simply look for a face and go toward it.
Several models are preloaded on MARK, and the functions to use them are available within the IDE, so it was quick to achieve:
First, as long as no face is detected by the camera, MARK turns on himself
When a face is detected, MARK stops (plays with its lights to show that he saw it) and, depending where the face is seen, starts moving again to be right in front of it:
Once the detected face is centered in front of the robot, it once again lights its lights to show it is ready, and then starts going toward the the face, until it's at 5 cm of it:
And here it is, a robot who will come toward you, and will even bring you the salt when you're too lazy to get up to get it from the other side of the table if someone gives it to him firstConclusion:
This is a really small and easy project that can be done to get familiar with MARK and its environment, before moving on to more complicated applications using even more of his modules (he comes with a line follower, an electromagnet, a speaker, some buttons, and some packs are available with an accelerometer, a light sensor, a rubber band slinghot, or a grabber)
I will try to post some more advanced projects with MARK soon !