You might well mistake parts of the new 440-square-meter Start-up Valley at didacta 2018 for HANNOVER MESSE. Besides 3D printers crafting bizarre shapes and various physical measuring stations, everyone's latest best friends can be found mingling with the crowds. Yes, it has to be - robots! Variobotic GmbH from Neu-Ulm, for example, is showcasing its affordable desktop robot, the DOBOT Magician - a great educational tool that's as handy at home as at work.
The DOBOT Magician 4-axis robotic arm measures up well against its industrial big brothers. Its compact dimensions, astonishingly low price tag and wide range of accessories, including a vision kit, conveyor belt and linear axis, make the DOBOT Magician the ideal classroom assistant for training and further education. The software package is an excellent tool for learning how to program automated processes. While the simple "teach-n-playback" approach ensures beginners quickly notch up their first successes, more advanced students can flex their programming muscles with Blockly or develop the right coding for complex logical programs. There's really no limit! The idea is to simplify the design of automation and programming courses that enable apprentices and school students to try out their knowledge under real-life conditions.