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SPLAT Idea Lab: Edison

Resources to stay current in technology trends for libraries


Available to borrow for free from the SPLAT Idea Lab! Contact your local SPLAT member to learn more.


Learn It!

Users can learn and experience:

  • navigating the robot around by detecting obstacles
  • programming robot to follow a line or stay within a border
  • programming robot to follow a flashlight
  • programming robot to play beeps and musical tunes
  • programming robot to respond to clapping and other loud sounds
  • programming robot to move in any direction through differential drive system


Meet Edison
The programmable robot that's your stepping stone into the exciting world of science and technology! 

  • Programmable – Free open source graphical programming software
  • LEGO® compatible – Modular and easily expandable
  • Easy to use – Has many pre-programmed functions activated by barcodes
  • Remote control – Learns commands from TV/DVD remote controls
  • Suitable for all ages – From 5 to 95

Edison has:

  • line tracking and light sensors
  • infrared obstacle detectors, transmitter and receiver
  • piezo sounder and sound sensor
  • two variable speed motors
  • left and right red LED lights
  • and three control buttons

Use it!

Download EdWare software to program robots

Lesson plans and worksheets

Download three free to EdBooks that introduce robotics to the beginner. Each EdBook is fully illustrated and takes the budding roboteer through the three main concepts of controlling, programming and building robots.