The set comes in a convenient plastic storage tub
with lid and it consists of all the necessary parts
for studying robotics! These include the ERP controller,
RJ cables, one touch sensor, two InfraRed sensors, three
motors, five LED lights and a USB cable! You can find
easy-to-follow instructions either online or in the
booklet included. The booklet provides detailed explanations
of the different scientific principles applied and incorporates
innovative activities for hands-on learning, along with
a detailed user manual with programming examples to
get you started! The activities begin with the basic
principles of robotics using the Experimental, Dinobot
and Forklift models. You can then move on to more complex
concepts of programming with the introduction of sensors,
conditional statements and logic gates using the Jeep
Car, Humanoid and Grabber models. The set also contains
an Automated House model and a programmable model of
Pedestrian Crossing to learn how traffic lights work
and the importance of road safety.
Manual programming: the most innovative
characteristic of ERP is the onboard buttons which allow
manual programming without the need of connecting to
a PC. Programs recorded can then be imported to the
GUI software and edited either via text language or
Wireless connection: The ERP PRO with Bluetooth also
connects to smart phones, tablets and PCs so that it
can be remotely programmed and controlled through the
free Android and iOs apps.
Programming software: one of the key elements of any
robotics system is the programming software. The software
is exclusively developed by Engino® company and allows
a friendly user-interface to maximize interaction between
the user and the robotic controller. The software allows
3 diferent methods of programming depending on the user’s
needs and capabilities. The 3 main windows are the SIMULATOR,
the FLOW DIAGRAM and the TEXT EDITOR.
ERP SIMULATOR: The innovation of
ERP is the ability to manually program the robot’s outputs.
The simulator software can do the same function but
with the use of the mouse. This window displays the
image of the controller with its onboard programming
buttons, and the user can simply click each button to
control the device in real-time. This programming method
is the transition phase from manual to virtual programming.
A great advantage of the Simulator is the 2?way interaction,
which means a program written manually on the controller
can be downloaded and edited for improvements. This
feature alone makes ERP the ideal tool for teaching
robotics to students of all levels.
FLOW DIAGRAM: Programming using the
traditional languages is gradually being replaced by
more visual approaches, especially when younger children
are involved. The software contains a library of functions
depicted as programming blocks, which can be assembled
inside the Flow Diagram through drag and drop. The users
are able to create simple or complex programs by changing
the properties of each block. A major innovation of
ERP language is the introduction of a new patent pending
method of programming which allows the users to create
parallel functions in a simple way. Each block has a
variable that can be set to define the sequence of the
actions. This variable is referenced as “WITH PREVIOUS”
and “AFTER PREVIOUS” and applies not only to Motor and
LED outputs but also to conditional loops such as IF
and WHILE, reducing the number of programming steps
by almost 50% as compared to other visual languages.
TEXT EDITOR: A program written in
any method is also displayed in a text form inside the
Text Editor Window so that users can easily make changes
in variables or even delete entire lines of code. Due
to the encompassing commands and the “WITH PREVIOUS”
and “AFTER PREVIOUS” concurrency variables, the particular
language is much more simple to the level of being considered
as a Pseudo-language. The Text Editor is an ideal introduction
to traditional language based programming and bridges
the gap between more modern Visual languages and the
advanced text – based ones.
System requirements: The software
included can run on Microsoft Windows XP, VISTA, 7,
8 and 10. Minimum requirements for the PC is USB connection,
1 GB RAM, 50 MB of available hard-disk space, 1024x768
resolution display, DVD-ROM drive (or internet connectivity),
DotNet 4. Unsupported systems for this version: Mac
- 32-bit ARM CORTEX?M2 micro controller.
- 256 Kbytes FLASH, 64 Kbytes RAM.
- USB full speed port (12 Mbit/s).
- 7 input - output ports: Users can connect up to 7
LED’s to teach traffic lights (5 included), up to 4
sensors digital or analogue (2 IR and 1 Touch included)
and up to 3 motors (3 included).
- Onboard buzzer.
- On board buttons to manually program the 3 motors
for forward and reverse and also the LED outputs for
- Power source: 6 AA batteries (not included).
- Bluetooth included.
- All cables needed to connect the peripherals to the
controller and the PC are included.