Wink Robot

Learn to code with this entry level robot.

Wink was designed as a learning platform for people who are totally new to writing computer code.  Wink was born on Kickstarter in November 2015 and began shipping to backers mid December 2015. The campaign includes lesson plans which are presently in progress.

  • Programmed with Arduino ~ Free and open programming software
  • Easy to learn programming language
  • Re-program Wink as many times as you like
  • Made in our own family owned and run shop near Portland Oregon.

Getting Started (Setting up Wink)

Getting Started page and video will walk you through downloading the software required to play with Wink.

Getting Smart (Learning Wink & Lessons)

Check out our easy to follow lesson plan and learn how to write actual programming code to control your Wink robot!

Wink for Educators

Wink was specifically designed for easy use in classroom, workshop, and makerspace settings.

Wink and Ringo Comparison Guide

Wink and Ringo are similar robots. Check out this quick overview guide highlighting the differences between the two robots.

Learn the Basics

  • Arduino UNO processor
  • Ninja style agility
  • 4 Bottom Edge & Line
  • Following Sensors
  • 2 RGB LED Eyes (NeoPixel lights)
  • Barrier Detection
  • 3 Ambient / IR Light Sensors
  • 1 IR LED Transmitters
  • On-board automatic battery charging

Based on Arduino: Wink is based on the Arduino UNO.  He has the same Atmel ATMega328p microprocessor. This simple 8-bit processor is perfect for learning the basics. Code is written using the Arduino IDE which is free and open source.

Works on Most Computers: The Arduino development environment runs on Windows, Mac, most Linux computers, Raspberry Pi, and even Chromebooks.

Fast Motors: Wink’s motors are FAST. At full speed he can zoom across a floor or table in the wink of an eye. Each motor can be independently driven forward or backward and at any variable speed.

RGB Eyes: Wink’s eyes can be made any color you can think of and controlled individually to give your Wink a personality. Eye brightness can also be carefully controlled.

Ambient Light Sensors: Three light sensors on the top side can measure light from directly ahead, as well as 45 degrees to either side. The sensors enable light seeking and behaviors activated by lights.

Barrier Headlight: An infrared barrier headlight is tucked under Wink’s nose. This can be used together with the ambient light sensors to detect obstacles several inches in front of the robot.

Line and Edge Sensors: An array of four bottom sensors along Wink’s front bottom allow for high speed line following as well as edge detection.

Button: You will learn how to read the user button in your code and change how Wink reacts to it.

Sound: A piezo sound element allows simple tone chirps for audio feedback and creating alarm behaviors. 

Battery: An onboard rechargeable 240 mAh LiPo battery provides hours of run time.

Charging: A complete automatic charging solution is provided right onboard. Simply plug Wink into the programming adapter and he automatically charges and stops charging when full. A charge in progress LED tells you when he’s completely charged.