Frequently asked questions
I just got my ActivePuzzle package. Where do I start?
When you open the package you'll see the puzzles arranged in 5 columns:
First column (from left) - contains 5 output blocks
Second column - contains 5 input blocks
Third column - contains 5 logic blocks
Forth column - contains the battery (No. 16) and extra 3 logic blocks
Fifth column - contains extra 1 battery, 1 motor and 1 proximity. Also included are two brick adapters.
Why are there multiples of some blocks?
Some robot models, as you can see in the user guide require multiples of the same puzzle block. The double pieces are the battery, the motor and the proximity sensor.
Sometimes the batteries turn off and won't turn back on, what do I do?
It's probably the battery auto lock self protection from shortcuts. Simply charge the battery using the USB cable for few seconds and it will unlock.
I built a robot model as shown in the printed guide and it doesn't work.
Following are the errors in the printed guide:
Model 2: In the image there should be the light sensor (no. 6) instead of the temperature sensor (no. 7), as in model 2 in the online guide.
Model 19: The receiver robot has blocks put in a wrong direction. It should be as in model 19 in the online guide.
Model 20: The Arduino block (no. 17) should be replaced by the Lamp block (No. 1), as in model 20 in the online guide.
What is the Arduino block used for and how do I use it?
How do you program the robots? how did you program the dog to follow you?
Long answer: ActivePuzzle robots have no central processing unit, but rather work in a distributed manner based on the Braitenberg Vehicle concept: input pieces trigger adjacent output pieces, with the electronic value optionally being manipulated by logic pieces.
So to make the dog follow the bone (or a hand) we connected the proximity sensor in the front (with the two eyes) to the two motors at the back, and set the direction switch in each of the motors so as to make the robot move forward when the proximity “sees” something.
Are the batteries rechargeable?
Yes, they are rechargeable. Included in the ActivePuzzle kit is a USB cable - simply connect a battery using this cable to a computer USB port and let it recharge. When the red light goes off the battery charging is complete.
I read that ActivePuzzle can do infrared communication, is that so?
Yes, ActivePuzzle contains two puzzle blocs for infrared communication:
Where can I find the most detailed information about ActivePuzzle?
The ActivePuzzle online course is a thourough guide to ActivePuzzle.