EdVenture 1 – Clap controlled driving

Edison is equipped with a sound sensor and can detect loud sounds like clapping.

This barcode activates Edison’s ‘Clap controlled driving’ program. The program listens for a loud sound like a clap and Edison responds by turning to his right. If you clap twice he drives forward and stops.

Reading the barcode

  1. Place Edison facing the barcode on the right side
  2. Press the record (round) button 3 times
  3. Edison will drive forward and scan the barcode
Barcode to activate clap controlled driving

Barcode – Clap controlled driving

What to do

Place Edison down on a flat surface and press the play (triangle) button.
Now clap your hands close to Edison. He will turn to his right. Now clap your hands twice and Edison will drive forward about 30cm.
Also, try tapping Edison with your finger, once and then twice.

Edison demonstrating clap controlled driving


Sound sensors just like the one in your Edison are used in modern cars to detect when the engine fires each cylinder. This information is fed to the car’s computer to ensure that the firing is occurring at just the right time. If the engine is firing too late it can cause damage to the engine. Ensuring that the firing is happening at just the right time also ensures the most economical fuel consumption.

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