Fritz Robot

What makes it different/cool

Fritz came into our house as part of a Kickstarter project. My husband saw the campaign and decided that Fritz offered a great point of entry into robotics for our two sons. In fact, they had some fun putting Fritz together (though my husband handled most of the heavy lifting and the kids joined in intermittently and under heavy supervision).

This is a DIY assemly project called Fritz, the robot.
This is a DIY assemly project called Fritz, the robot.

The Fritz kit came rapidly after the Kickstarter was funded. In fact, we marveled at how efficient the XYZ team had to be to get things pulled together and shipped so quickly. The packaging was streamlined, simple, and well laid out.  The hardware for Fritz was really well organized and putting it together went pretty smoothly.  We hit kinks with the software (more updates on this post shortly) and we haven’t overcome those kinks to date. Turned out that the software didn’t load properly and we could never get Fritz to respond to commands as planned. We did contact XYZ and they responded really quickly with a fix, but this was one of those times that our own schedules got in the way of a cool project. We have the updated software and need to get back to testing out Fritz…maybe putting together this post will inspire us to reopen the Fritz experience.

Cost: $$ – You can get a Fritz in your home for anywhere from $75 to $230. The website has two options, the simple and advanced. The site also has several useful replacement packs for parts and components.

Link to website: http://www.xyzbot.com/

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