Roamer the Educational Robot for Schools
Roamer is an educational robot aimed at helping teach Pre-School to Year 12 (PK-12). It achieves this flexibility because it is a modular system that you can put together in different ways to suit your specific needs. With 30 years of experience of designing robots for schools the Roamer has been designed:
Take One Roamer and Add Imagination
What should Roamer look like? Take a simple shape then add imagination and Roamer becomes whatever your students want it to be.
Why change it? Like an actor getting into character changing the way Roamer looks helps contextualise the activity and adds tremendous value to the educational experience.
How do you do it? A chance to practice simple art and craft techniques or for older students more sophisticated design technology and making skills.
Free downloads Patterns to help you make fabric and paper coats.
Shop for transfers and other packages to make quick characters.
Free Training Site for ideas and techniques.
Sweet Talking Roamer
Roamer Pioneers Speaking Educational Robots
Roamer was the first educational robot to use speech. Our research continues into the educational application of robotic speech.
Activity Talk : Roamer can ask questions, give answers, set challenges, provide relevant information, respond to students’ actions, … We are only beginning to explore the possibilities.
Help Talk : Roamer explains how to program something when you make a mistake.
System Talk : Roamer tells you useful things like when it’s feeling tired and you need to recharge the batteries.
Sound Effects : Integrated to the speech system are a whole range of sound effects. If you make your Roamer into a dog you can make it bark, growl or whimper.
The Future… Students will soon be able to write dialogue for their Roamer to speak.
Managing Roamer Speech
You can use the Speech Module, free RoamerWorld Software, to manage what messages and prompts Roamer plays.
The standard Roamer voice is an American female (‘Heather’). For a small fee you can personalise each of your Roamers. Making them unique makes them more attractive to the students.
English options: American, Australian, British – male and female voices. English as spoken by Arab or Indian native speakers.
Other languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese. Male, female and different options depending on the language are available.
Emotional variations: For some languages and voice options you can have a variety of emotions. Happy, sad, sinister…
Roamer’s Efficient Power Management
Tested Power Supply
Roamer requires 6 AA batteries. The High Capacity Roamer cells have been selected because because they will run the robot for a week of normal daily classroom use.
Don’t Run Out of Power in a Lesson
Because you do not charge the batteries in Roamer, if you run out of power in a lesson you can quickly replace the batteries with a backup set and continue the lesson. Roamer has a childproof release (no screwdrivers) that allows you to remove the ba
Energy Saving Shut Down
If Roamer is left switched on is not in use it automatically turns its power off.
Low Power Warning
Roamer simply tells you its tired and needs its batteries recharging.
The Return of Turtle Graphics
Designed for Accurate Movement
Accurate movement depends on the surface the robot runs on. Even seemingly flat table tops are uneven enough to make a big difference to this type of robot. However, we have designed Roamer to exacting standards and it is a contender for the most accurate educational robot in the world.
Free calibration software with RoamerWorld will allow you to maximise precision for a particular robot on a particular surface.