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Killer Kits

Just a few years ago, there were only a few robot kit makers out there and only a few places where you could shop for their wares. Today, there are dozens of producers of robot kits and countless retail sources. Robot kits come in all shapes and sizes, but the most popular are small, car-like machines, with two-to-four wheels, several sensor systems, and usually, some means of controlling and/or programming the robot. These kits can be as low as $25 or as high as $1,000, but they usually run in the $40–$200 range. Obviously, the more you pay, the more sophisticated (and usually harder to build) your kit will be. A lot of robot kits are sold in two forms: one in which the printed circuit board (PCB) has already been assembled (but the rest of the bot is in kit form), and one in which you have to put everything together, including the PCB. Some kits can even be bought fully assembled, but if you were the kind of person who’d want one of these, you probably wouldn’t be reading this book! Here’s a rundown of some of the more popular robot kits out there.

Rockit Sound-Controlled Robot

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