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Meet the MOSS Modular Robots (Video)

Roblimo posted about 7 months ago | from the one-day-they-will-be-sentient-but-not-quite-yet dept.

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The MOSS modular robot system is sort of like LEGO Mindstorms, in that you assemble small blocks to make custom robots and other items. But it has some interesting tricks of its own, as product demonstrator John Moyes shows Timothy Lord at CES 2014. The MOSS kits include lots of little metal balls, so they carry a warning that says MOSS kits are suitable for ages 8 and up, while the company's older Cubelets product, which doesn't have the little balls, is supposed to be okay for ages 4 and up. There is no upper age limit specified for either product, so you're probably safe if you want to buy (and can *afford* to buy) any of these interesting toys.

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Beta Slashdot: STOP FORCING ME TO IT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46123075)

is it time we all put Slashdot beta.* into our HOSTS file?

I think so.

Re:Beta Slashdot: STOP FORCING ME TO IT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46123979)

Yes.

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Possible uses (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46123079)

I wonder if this could safely handle highly radioactive and/or weaponized bioagents. This could come in very handy for certain endeavors.

Thanks for your inquery! (1)

PaulBu (473180) | about 7 months ago | (#46123545)

Electronics there is probably not rad-hard... Bioagents should be OK though!

Paul B.

Useless summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46123181)

So rather than tell us something about the "interesting tricks", or anything that might entice me to view the video, the summary wastes all its words on telling us about the age advisories. Seriously wtf? This is actually worse than the usual "submission" which is merely a cut & paste of a linked article.

Re:Useless summary (2)

mythosaz (572040) | about 7 months ago | (#46123201)

As a 9 year old reading this site, I found the 8-and-up information quite informative, you insensitive clod.

Re:Useless summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46124255)

8 and up is probably because there are small parts involved. Government types like to control how toys are marketed for different age groups.

Anybody else looking a the metal balls thinking... (3, Funny)

denis-The-menace (471988) | about 7 months ago | (#46123221)

Anybody else looking a the metal balls thinking...

Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!

Re:Anybody else looking a the metal balls thinking (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 7 months ago | (#46123399)

The Venusians maybe? Look what nobots did to them!

Because there is absolutely no chance (0)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about 7 months ago | (#46123227)

of an 8 year old swallowing these magnetic balls by accident and then dying of a perforated bowel.

Re:Because there is absolutely no chance (2)

chispito (1870390) | about 7 months ago | (#46123329)

of an 8 year old swallowing these magnetic balls by accident and then dying of a perforated bowel.

Couldn't be bothered to watch the first 20s of the video before posting?

"...these are just steel spheres, and their are magnets that are injection-molded into the plastics here..."

Re:Because there is absolutely no chance (1)

Roblimo (357) | about 7 months ago | (#46123451)

Thanks for noticing. Corrected.

Re:Because there is absolutely no chance (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46123343)

the balls are steel, there are magnets embedded in the cubes

Re:Because there is absolutely no chance (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46123439)

I remember when having balls of steel used to be considered a good thing. sigh . . .

Re: Because there is absolutely no chance (1)

Tenkawa (1807156) | about 7 months ago | (#46123527)

The balls are *not* magnetic for that reason

Like it (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | about 7 months ago | (#46124203)

This actually looks powerful and flexible enough to keep me from getting bored, and easy and rugged enough to get the kids involved...

Not sure about $400 to get a capable kit, but I know we've got nearly $400 in Legos so far, and haven't even bought any smart parts yet.

Think of the children!!!!! (1)

jcrb (187104) | about 8 months ago | (#46126005)

I'm sure the government will step in and protect us from these products just as they did with Buckyballs.

Buckyballs were sold as adult office toys and the Consumer Product Safety Commission still felt the need to save the children from swallowing the ball magnets. Given that these say they are for ages 8 and up I don't think they stand a chance... which is sad because they certainly look like they could be a lot of fun.

Clearly what they need to do is include an "Emergency Extraction Super Magnet Rescue Tool" (that is too big to swallow) with each set along with a DVD copy of the movie Fortress, and print "Rescue Tool Instructional Video" on the DVD, and then they should be good to go.

Re:Think of the children!!!!! (1)

hawkeey (1920310) | about 8 months ago | (#46127297)

The metal balls are not magnets as far as I understand. They are just metal balls. The magnets are in the plastic cubes. Granted small children may still manage to swallow the large plastic cubes or put them in other orifices, but I think the magnet problem has been mitigated here.

Re:Think of the children!!!!! (1)

jcrb (187104) | about 8 months ago | (#46128065)

In the words of a famous rooster...

  "That's a joke, ah say, that's a joke, son."

replicators (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46127231)

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(these comment filters suck)

Wait? (1)

markh100 (696858) | about 8 months ago | (#46128551)

So, now you can run SharePoint Server on your legos? Who thought this was a good idea...

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