BontenMaru is an intelligent one-chip robot in the form of a battery-powered
mini-car with two large rubber rear wheels and a smaller plastic front wheel. It is
the basis of a "build your own robot" project, developed in 1996 as an educational tool by a non-profit organization based in Sendai, a large city in
northern Japan. BontenMaru comes in a kit designed for children ten years old
and above. An assembled BontenMaru can be linked to a computer and loaded
with programs or sets of commands, created with the help of a special language.
These programs allow one to direct BontenMaru to perform various actions,