Edison Robot FAQ Page

Have a question about Edison or robotics in general? You might just find you answer here!

What is Edison?

Edison is a super affordable LEGO compatible robot that can be controlled and programmed in three ways.

1. Barcodes – Edison can read special barcodes that activate pre-programmed functions like follow a line or avoid obstacles

2. TV/DVD remote control – Edison can learn driving commands from standard TV or DVD remote controls 

3. Program – Edison can be programmed from a computer or tablet using EdWare. EdWare is a graphical based programming language that’s easy to use and learn 

Edison is a lot of fun and can teach young and old a lot about robotics and programming.


How does Edison connect to my computer?

Edison comes with an EdComm programming cable (shipped in the battery compartment). One end of the cable plugs into the 3.5mm (1/8”) audio output of your computer. The other end plugs into the underside of Edison. This communication method is compatible with Mac, Linux, Windows, iOS and Android operating systems.

What barcode programs are available?

When Edison drives over a barcode, pre-programmed functions are activated. The barcodes are available on the EdMat robot activities mat and EdBook 1 ‘Your EdVenture into Robotics – You’re a Controller’

The available barcode programs are:

Avoid obstacles

Line tracking

Follow a torch

Clap controlled driving

Bounce in borders

Sumo wrestle

Plus Edison uses barcodes to learn driving commands from a standard TV or DVD remote control. These include drive forward, drive backward, turn left, turn right, spin left and spin right.

How can Edison be LEGO compatible?

LEGO bricks can be attached to the top and bottom of the Edison robot and LEGO pegs can be attached to the sides. There are 3 types of holes in the side of the Edison:

  1. Pin Holes – These are holes for full depth LEGO pegs
  2. Stud Holes – Connection with LEGO half pegs
  3. Cross Axle – A powered output for LEGO axles

Additionally, the Edison has two sets of 2*8 LEGO brick connectors top and bottom allowing them to be stacked together and built into other LEGO projects.

Can the EdMat be laminated?

Edison’s activity mat (the EdMat) contains a number of barcodes you can use to get Edison up and running quickly. However a glossy lamination on the EdMat will upset Edison’s sensor and may cause errors, so the EdMat must be laminated with a matte finish

What types of batteries can be used in Edison?

Edison takes four AAA batteries and will work with disposable (alkaline) batteries or with rechargeable (nickel hydride) batteries.

What Languages can I Program Edison in?

Edison can be programmed in his own simple to use graphical programming language, called EdWare!

In addition Edison comes preloaded with programs so that younger inventors can program Edison by driving him over barcodes.!

Where is Edison Available?

Edison is available from right here on our website, we offer free shipping worldwide and have discounts built into our bulk rates.

Dont want to wait for shipping or cant pay by credit card? check out our growing list of international stockists to find Edison near you!

How Much is Shipping?

Orders over US$48 ship free. Shipping of orders under US$48 have a fixed shipping cost of US$10.

Generally, orders over US$350 will be sent via DHL and can be tracked worldwide.

How Long Will Shipping Take?

Shipping times differ by country, customs, and local post services, please see our international shipping page to get an approximate shipping time for your location

What Do I Get With Edison?

Edison arrives assembled in box with a quick start guide and an EdComm cable (stored in his battery compartment).

But you also get access to EdWare our free graphical programming language, the EdBooks, and our 10 lesson plans!

Can I Order Edison Using a School Purchase Order?

We can currently accept purchase orders from schools in the USA and Australia, for more information please see our School Orders page 

How much memory does Edison have?

Edison V2.0 has 5kB of usable space for user programs.

This equates to ~300 EdWare Blocks and ~300 EdPy lines

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