Meet the PCS Brain Robotic Controller

April 9, 2009
News Release

PCS Edventures creates educational programs for science, math, and technology educators.  This latest creation, the PCS Brain, is a versatile robotic controller that bolts on to just about anything you can drag out of the closet.  The see-through, high impact case includes precision molded hooks for a variety of building systems including VEX, Lego, K'nex, fischertechnik, and even industry standard RC nuts and bolts.

The Brain sports an ATmega128 processor and has built-in ports for 4 DC motors, 4 servos, and 8 I/O ports for sensors or the multitude of add-on boards that extend its capabilities to over a hundred servos, bluetooth, vision systems, and more.  A DC wall adapter is included and an optional screw terminal connection makes it simple to adapt to any power source producing 6-12 volts up to 1A.  Motors, servos, and I/O connect through a standard 2.5mm stereo jack.

The Brain can be programmed in a variety of languages including the PCS progressive programming environment that walks students from a visual drag and drop environment to full blown IDEs like AVR Studio.   For more details visit the Edventures website at



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