I did not know most of these. I'm not sure which is my favourite: maybe Da Vinci, maybe EKSO, maybe Keepon. I definitely feel more drawn to the robots-for-health vs. robots-for-dust-bunnies. Then again, cutting down on dust bunnies is vital to health for someone with allergies.
So far we're celebrating Robotics Week by charging batteries for our new Sparki robot. I found someone selling their kickstarter reward on local kijiji. Such luck! Much robot!
1. Remote control means you can have interesting different interactions without reprogramming every time.
2. Arduino environment for programming means you're either transferring skills in or building transferable skills.
3. Servo motors are more useful parts for later projects than what might drive a typical wheeled bot.
Still, the ATMega8A MCU it uses seems pretty tiny compared to the 328 I've gotten used to seeing.
Anyone else have robot starter kit suggestions? Difficulty level: ships to Canada.
After spending Friday & Saturday watching the regional First Robotics tournament, then this afternoon at The Robot Garage, we've caught the robot bug. I'm looking for a first kit to build with my kid (13yo) that's not so complicated that we can't figure it out, but yet has the potential to grow as we learn. I'm looking at this one, http://www.robotshop.com/media/files/pdf/rb-dag-58-mini-bots-manual.pdf but don't know enough to say if this is too much to start with. I also don't want to break the bank.
I've done some basic wiring before and plenty of intro level programming (C, Python); he's got basic Python. We're both handy with a toolbox, but the mechanical side is new territory. Does this sound like a good place to begin, or should we stick with something really straightforward like this beetle? http://www.robotshop.com/ca/en/elenco-beetle-robot-kit.html
I'd love any advice that anyone wants to share.
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