It’s every kid’s — and adult’s — dream to drive the Batmobile.
European start-up CircuitMess is making dreams come true with a Kickstarter campaign for a DIY Autonomous Batmobile. The company has partnered with Warner Bros. with plans to create the CircuitMess Batmobile, designed to teach kids 7 and up about engineering and autonomous driving.
The project has already exceeded its $15,000 goal, which means the Batmobile will come to fruition next year. The CircuitMess Batmobile will teach kids important STEM skills, including how to code a microcomputer, how computers track objects, how to develop their own computer vision algorithm, and how autonomous vehicles work. No previous engineering experience or knowledge is needed.
After kids build the Batmobile from scratch, they’ll be able to connect it to a computer to code it to drive. It will feature a camera, a dual-core processor, a rechargeable battery, four metal gear motors, a 2W speaker, WiFi, LEDs, and other smart electronics. It will be able to drive and navigate autonomously using AI and machine learning. It will also be able to recognize and track objects, play cool sounds, light up, and more. Kids can connect it wirelessly to the included controller and it will transmit live video to the controller through its camera so that kids can get the point-of-view of the Batmobile, watching what it sees as it drives.
CircuitMess also offers a selection of other STEM toys, including the MAKERbuinom, a DIY game console; the MAKERphone, a DIY mobile phone; and the STEM Box, a STEM project subscription box.
The CircuitMess Batmobile Kickstarter is available for pre-order now and will have a starting price of $99 (with a retail price of $169). Visit the Kickstarter page here to get in on the action and to learn more about it!