I set out to compare Cyber K'nex and Lego Mindstorms to determine which would be best to support robotics experiments. Although Mindstorms seem to have a strong following along with numerous 3rd party extensions (including Java VMs inside the RCX!) the Cyber K'nex has almost NO support online. This is a shame, since the Cyber K'nex processor element appears to have more advanced capabilities.
In desperation I disassembled one of the control elements of the swarm-bots of my daughter's kit to locate some meager information:
Circuit Board: (c) Innovision R&T BASE UNIT PCB ISSUE J PFR Daughter Board: Other Daughter Board: PFR/GPP/RLU SPC41A COB 6-6-00 ISS1 Daughter Board: SPMC02-05-COB ISSUE PFR
Some extensive web searched determined that the SPC41A board is a speech processor. The SPMC02 is some kind of 8-bit general purpose controller with additional I/O elements, but the web seems devoid of examples of this controller in common use.
It looks like LEGO Mindstorms are the better solution given the community of support.
Back to K'nex AdventuresRalph L. Vinciguerra - 2004-11-22