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Fable - A multi-disciplinary modular robotics system


Learning with Fable

Fable is a modular robotics construction set, that can be used across STEM subjects, and it helps students gain the skills they will need in the 21st century

Learning with Fable

Innovation

Fable is an open-ended system with advanced functionality. Fable encourages students to be both creative and innovative as they build robot prototypes to meet needs in the real world.

Programming

Robots have to be programmed to do something. It's easy for students to start programming using a simple block-based language. Once students have mastered the basics, they can use Python to write more advanced programs and further their coding skills.

Maths

Good robot control is best achieved by applying mathematics. Robotics brings topics such as angles, percentages, trigonometry and functions to life.

Physics

Fable contains motors and accurate sensors that can be used in physics experiments to study forces and motion. Data can be logged and then analysed.


Coding example

The Programming Interface

Using the Fable Bluetooth dongle, students can program their robots wirelessly from both PC or Mac.

The interface has 3 different levels of complexity which can be used depending on the student's programming skill.

Level 1 - Simple Blockly

Graphical interface with a basic command set using simple programming structures such as repeat loops and if/else statements.

Level 2 - Full Blockly

The same familiar Blockly interface but with an increased command set containing more complex loops, logic and mathematical functions as well as data manipulation such as variables and lists. Students will also be able to access a wider range of sensor data and use advanced colour and movement recognition features.

Level 3 - Python

Access all the standard features of the Python programming language and use the Fable API to create the most complex Fable programs in a text-based programming environment.


Use a standard webcam for sensing objects, movement and colour.

With some robotics platforms, advanced sensors such as motion sensing or colour and object sensing can be expensive. With Fable, all you need is a standard webcam connected to your computer!

This makes it easy to write programs to detect movement, sort by colour or accurately calculate the position of an object.

Learning with Fable

Fable Facts

The Fable system consists of three types of modules: joint modules, construction modules and extension modules. Programing is via a bluetooth dongle.

Fable joint module
  • Robust design that is strong enough for use in education enviroment
  • Quality components with powerful motors and accurate sensors
  • No wires or cables: wireless programming and rechargeable batteries
  • Strong magnetic joints, easily clicked together
  • Quick to build up and pack away, leaving more time for teaching
  • Unique open-ended system, which can be extended with LEGO® and your own 3D-prints

1 Joint Modules

As well as providing movement, the joint modules also contain an integrated battery and Bluetooth communication which makes each joint a completely independent but fully functioning part of the robot.

Each joint has two high quality servos which provide 2 degrees of freedom.

  • Integrated battery
  • 2 degrees of freedom (DoF)
  • Magnetic connections
  • 6 Bluetooth channels
  • Rugged and robust

2 Bluetooth Dongle

Connects via USB to a PC or Mac and allows you to communicate with one or more Joint Modules via Bluetooth.

  • 6 Bluetooth channels
  • USB connection
  • PC and Mac compatible

3 4XY Construction Module

These passive construction modules have 4 magnetic couplings which allow you to connect multiple Joints, Construction Modules and Extension Modules together.

  • 4 Magnetic connections
  • Rugged and robust

4 Extension Modules

These modules allow you to interface Fable with LEGO®, a Smartphone or to create your own 3D printed parts.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this product.

Fable elements

Examples of Fable Robots ...

Social Robot

Social Robot

Robot Animal

Robot Animal

Robot Arm

Robot Arm

Fable Sets To Match All Needs

Fable Sets are available in different sizes so you can be sure that everyone has the opportunity to explore and let their imagination run wild!

  • Ideal for pupils aged 8 to 18

Type

Joint module

Entry set

Standard set

Medium set

Large set

Class set

Joint module

1

1

2

4

5

10

Dongle

-

1

2

4

5

10

Lego connector module

-

1

2

4

5

10

4XY Construction module

-

1

2

4

5

10

Connector for 3D printed parts

-

1

2

4

5

10

Laser pointer

-

1

2

4

5

10

Box with base stand

-

1

2

4

5

10

Smart phone holder

-

-

1

2

3

5

USB charger

-

1

2

-

-

-

Desk charging station

-

-

-

1

1

2

Group size

-

3

2 to 6

4 to 12

5 to 15

10 to 30

Order code

00-0408 00-0404 00-0403 00-0402 00-0401 00-0400

Fable Free Trial

Investing in educational technology for your classroom is a big commitment. With such a wide range of incredible products on the market, how do you decide if a product is going to work for you? We believe that there is no replacement for getting hands-on and trying for yourself...

Fable Standard Set

Try Fable for 30 days, completely free

We are delighted to be giving UK schools, colleges and universities the opportunity to borrow a Fable Standard Set for 30 days without any deposit or obligation to buy. The trial period will allow you time to fully evaluate the Fable hardware and software at your own pace and see how they can help deliver programming and robotics in your classroom.

When you request a free trial, the trial set will be sent to you directly by Shape Robotics, the manufacturer of Fable. If you wish to keep the set at the end of the trial or purchase additional items, this will be invoiced by Rapid. In the event that you do not wish to keep the set, simply return it to Shape Robotics.


 
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