If you are starting out in robotics, or you have been building robots and want to get past the basics quickly, robot kits are an excellent way to start, and to keep going. Taking a kit, building it, understanding it and then modifying it is the best way to give any robot project a head start.
The Orion Explorer 1 Robot kit is a perfect system for creating a roving floor platform. It comes with all the electronics needed to have a moving robot, a construction guide for building it, and is based on the popular Arduino controller making it compatible with a large amount of hardware and code that is already available. Considerations like motor-controllers, batteries and power regulation are already taken care of - and the kit requires no soldering - only a screwdriver, AA batteries and a computer with a USB port are needed to have this carrying out your programs on the floor. The kit is designed to be modified - the platform has predrilled holes for mounting sensors and gear, and there are plenty of GPIO pins on the Arduino to attach electronics to, as well as free space on the platform for them to be placed. There is even some spare male-female jump cables to wire them up with.
For more ideas visit the Construction Toys and Robotic Gadgets And Toys pages.
Many of these can be bought from the stores details at our Robot Stores guide.
If there are any kit developers, feel free to send us evaluation kits and boards related to robotics. We are looking for items to stock in our store and compliment the Explorer kits. We will review all the items and write about them here, or contact you to feature them in the store. Solder Free kits will be given priority.
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