Using Marty

Starting to program Marty is really easy. If you're a first time programmer you'll want to start with Scratch, and more advanced users can use Python or Javascript.

For even more advanced users, head to the Expand section to see how you can do things like adding a Raspberry Pi and camera, 3D print parts, and run ROS, the Robot Operating System

And don't forget to check out the activities section for fun Marty projects

This guide covers the behaviours of Marty, basically what the robot
does when and (probably) why. Reading this will give you a good overview of the whole

Scratch is the simplest way to program a Marty if you're a complete beginner. It has a simple graphical interface and blocks you can combine
to build up a program.

Python is a full-fledged programming language you can use to control Marty and develop more complex programs. This is an Introductory Tutorial for our Python Library.

You can use Javascript on a webpage to communicate with Marty over a websocket using the JavaScript API

You can build an all-in-one Robot by putting a Raspberry Pi in Marty's head. This allows control over the Serial Port directly with Rick. Both the Python library and ROS integrations support this mode of operation.

ROS, the Robot Operating System is an amazing set of serious Robotics tools used by industry and academia. We've got ROS libraries for Marty, and the ability to simulate Martys in Coppelia Robotics' V-REP simulator.


This section will show you how to do everything from using bump switches, to adding a Raspberry Pi, or even 3D printing your own custom parts.


Going Fishing with Marty

You can tell Marty when to pull the fishing rod out of the water to catch some fish using the built-in force sensors!

Marty Handshake

Use the built-in force sensors to create a secret handshake with your Marty

Tips and Tricks

Wee guides for getting the best from your Marty!


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