Scribbler (robot)

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The Scribbler robot used by IPRE in teaching introductory computer science courses
ManufacturerParallax Inc.,
Element Products Inc.,
Bueno Systems Inc.
Release dateMay 2010 (2010-05)

The Scribbler is a small, low-cost fully programmable intelligent robot with multiple sensor systems. It is capable of auto navigation and interaction with its environment.[1]

The Scribbler is a combined effort of three companies: Parallax Inc., Element Products Inc., and Bueno Systems Inc.[2] In May 2010, the Scribbler was selling for a retail price of around $100 USD.[3]

A newer version of the Scribbler, Scribbler 2, came out in the fourth quarter of 2010.[4]

The Scribbler has a built in BASIC Stamp 2 microcontroller brain. For inputting sensory information, the Scribbler has three photoresistor light sensors, infrared emitter, and infrared detector. Additional add-ons can be bought to give the robot more capabilities through the serial port. For example, a bluetooth emitter/receiver or a wireless card can be bought to interface with the robot.[2]

The Scribbler can be programmed through any BASIC Stamp Editor program, or through a GUI-style interface, provided on Parallax's website. This uses different "command tiles" to control the motors and sensors.[5] Using a Myro library, you can also program the Scribbler in Python.

The Scribbler is used by many teachers for educational purposes. For example, Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE) has developed extensive educational materials using the Scribbler.[6]


  1. ^ "Scribbler 2 (S2) Robot - USB | 28136 | Parallax Inc". Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 December 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 August 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Institute for Personal Robots in Education". 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2016-05-13.

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