Robotics DIY Kits to Take on this Summer
Robotics DIY Kits to Take on this Summer
Looking for a way to beat the heat this summer? Why not take advantage of the time spent indoors by piecing together your very own robotics DIY kit? Robotics kits come in all shapes and sizes, and you’ll have no trouble finding one that suits your age level and ability. Yet, there are some kits that stand out from the bunch as can’t-miss bots this summer. So take a look for the essentials in any kit to get you hooked on robotics.
Not all kits cost an arm and a leg. Especially when you’re just getting into robots, it’s easy to find kits that teach you the basics at a reasonable cost. Some, like the Raspberry Pi Starter Kit, include basic components that also allow for versatility in design. Fundamental components to look for include a Driver board, 18 b20 temperature element and DHT11 temperature moderate element, photosensitive resistor, IR remote control unit, 1602 LCD screen, and LED lights.
The Raspberry Pi Starter Kit has consistently received good reviews for its quality and value. This robot retails in total for $20. It’s the perfect price for the first peek into DIY robotics.
Housework this summer doesn’t have to be such a chore. For parents: you’ll get the best of both worlds when your kids learn how to program their very own vacuum cleaner. Considered another introductory kit, like the EK2200 Robot Vacuum Cleaner that encourages kids to problem solve and design for practical use. The kit includes a gearbox, a sensor, vacuum unit, and PCBA board. AA batteries are not included. No programming is required, making this bot just right for kids focused on design elements of their robots.
This inexpensive DIY robot retails online for $8.55.
Once you’ve gotten the basics down and are looking for a challenge, there’s a whole new category of robots to challenge you. The MRT3 series, for example, markets four different kits that build on the level of difficulty (MRT3-1 through to MRT3-4). Each new kit builds on the previous kit’s components and design function, meaning kids will review everything they’ve learned in kits MRT3-1 through MRT3-3 by the time they get to MRT3-4. What better way to build a strong foundation?
Major components include a pre-programmed main controller, tough ABS molded components, 10 Pre-programable motion modes w/sound, 8 remote control channels and 4 Input signal control. In addition, the kit provides an intuitive course structure. It’s been used at the International Youth Robotic Competition and is best suited for kids ages 8-12.
The kit retails for $58 and is available for purchase online.
Some kids fall in love with DIY robots early on, while other students need an extra push. MRT3 Soccer Robot and Stadium is the perfect 2 for 1 deal: robots and soccer. This robot is considered an intermediate level robot, best suited for students who have already completed the MRT3-3 coursework. The MRT3 Soccer Robot and Stadium calls on students to create 2 team player robots that will then face off against one another with the use of remote controllers.
This kit includes ABS molded parts, 24-piece stadium and pitch, pre-programmed main controller electric motors X2, infra-red receiver infra-red remote control, battery holder, and manual.
The kit retails for $74 and is intended for children ages 8-12.
As you become more advanced in your DIY robots’ designs, you’ll be looking for kits with versatility. The Aluminum 4WD Robot Chassis gives you the biggest bang for your buck. This chassis includes an extremely durable frame that can withstand just about any design plan. All control circuits require assembly. Holes and mounting ports on the surface of the bot allow for even more design creativity.
The kit includes an aluminum 4WD chassis, 6x AA battery holder, 4x gear motors, 4x 65mm wheels, 8x DC motor connect cable, battery charge port, and a power supply switch.
Retail price is $52.
Design is just the start to building a complex robot, but mastering powerful mechanics will take your robot to the next level. With the Robotic Grappler, like many other robotic arms, you’ll be dealing with heavy framework, heavy duty gears, H” bridge driven motors, 2DOF large steel grappler and silicone rubber grip pads make it possible to grip even the tiniest of objects—including cans, cups, and bottles. The Robotic Grappler’s motion is controlled via computer programming and sensing.
This robot kit has consistently ranked high for its quality and value. The total cost of the bot is $62.
Start saving up in your piggy bank for this one. Although the TH Robot Arduino Kit with wifi and camera retails for $319 and is the most expensive in the bunch, it also offers more advanced capabilities than many DIY robot kits out there. Not only will kids master Arduino coding software with this bot, they’ll also learn about sensor capabilities and durable construction.
Major features of the TH Robot Arduino Kit include infra-red sensors to detect obstacles, HD camera with real-time video transmission, open source project compliant with Arduino, inbuilt USB interface, smartphone control.
Infrared capabilities help the bots to anticipate and avoid obstacles. The bot’s stainless steel body, motor drive and extendable arm for picking up objects and measuring distances.
Best for users, the robot can be controlled from a smart device or PC given Wifi connectivity, meaning more versatility than ever before. Real time transmission videos generated by an attached HD camera help you keep your bot on course. Tap the screen on your phone or tablet where the footage appears, and you can actually change the course of your TH Robot Arduino Kit.
This bot is supported by Windows, Android, and iOS systems. The bot can easily be connected to a device with a USB 2.0 or MicroUSB interface.