Saturday, August 18, 2007

Elsewhere Online: Robots: PicoBotz Let You Build Your Own Robot on the Cheap

I love playing with robots and this little platform looks to be a great entry-level kit for you and your kids. It sounds like it might even be a bit hackable, once to you assemble it and get it working. I could see putting in some circuits I have found in other books and web sites, like photovore/photophobe behaviors and more. With a big enough solar panel you could probably also use the sun to power it.

For more infor on robots check out these great resources:

Previous mentions of robots on WelchWrite.com
Solarbotics - Robot kits, parts and more
BEAM Online - All things beam robotics
How to build BEAM Vibrobots
BEAM Robotics page @ Wikipedia

Robots: PicoBotz Let You Build Your Own Robot on the Cheap

30529-95-1.jpgThese $77 PicoBotz kits are the perfect thing to let the budding engineer (your kids) get their hands on some robotics. The "robot" has 180 programmable commands and operates in three modes, obstacle avoidance, sound repositioning mode, and line tracing mode.



It also runs on two AA batteries, just like the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica. It's also a good thing these bots have their "kill all humans and enslave humanity" mode removed. That first version didn't sell so well. [Scientifics Online via MAKE via Slashgear via Uber Gizmo]




(Via Gizmodo.)


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