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RoBoHon: The Robot for Your Phone

RoBoHon's back features a 2-inch, QVGA display. (Photo credit: Sharp)

RoBoHon might look like a toy, but he’s actually intended to be an adorable SmartPhone for adults. But this bot can do far more than a phone! The coolest feature is the projector mounted in his head that can display color images on any flat surface. …

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Raspberry Pi Zero: A Cheap Brain for Your Next Bot

The Pi Zero packs a lot of processing power in for five bucks! (Photo credit: Raspberry Pi)

The Raspberry Pi Zero costs just a wee bit more than it’s name implies: $5. But that’s still darn cheap for what you get. Each Pi Zero has a Broadcom BCM2835 application processor, with a 1GHz ARM11 core. That’s 40 percent faster than Raspberry Pi 1! It also …

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RobotGeek Snapper Arduino Robotic Arm

The Snapper is easy to integrate with other RobotGeek sensors, and components. (Photo credit: Trossen Robotics)

The Snapper is a robotic arm with five servos, including a micro servo in the gripper. The arm can pick up 50 gram objects and features a reach of 11.4 inches from shoulder to gripper. It runs on the Geekduino board and the kit also includes the Robot …

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Continuous Tread Aggressive Rubber Treads with Wheels

These all-terrain, reinforced 2-inch wide matched treads have 4-ply mesh reinforcement, molded rubber and no splice. (Photo credit: SuperDroid Robotics.)

Need great treads for your next bot? These no-splice treads have an aggressive black rubber all-terrain 1″ wide pattern. The 5/16 inch holes are used for positive timing with the CNC-manufactured wheels and allow for better tracking and very low probability of derailing. The nominal center …

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Moss Zombonitron 1600

Make a bunch of bots easily with this MOSS robotics system. (Photo credit: Modrobotics.com)

Build a variety of robots quickly and easily with the MOSS Zombonitron 1600. This kit includes 16 MOSS blocks and 56 Carbon Steel Spheres. Attach the cubes together with the steel spheres to create ball joints and hinges. As long as the blocks are aligned the right …

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The Panavise Multi-Purpose Work Center (Model 350)

The MULTI-PURPOSE work holding tool for larger, heavier objects. It’s perfect for home repair or hobby needs! Self-centering, extra-wide opening jaws open a full 9” (228.6mm) and hold heavier objects by centering weight over base Parts Tray Base Mount adds stability [8.5” (215.9mm) diameter] and has …

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Build Your Own Actobotics Dual Motor Controller

The Actobotics Motor Driver can be purchased pre-assembled or as a kit. (Photo credit: Actobotics)

This tiny board can control two brushed DC motors. At 1.3″ x 3″ it also fits easily into an Actobotics channel or secures to the outside. Assembled, it weights only 0.60 oz. The has four operating modes: digital speed control (RC), analog speed control, split and servo. …

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RobotGeek Arduino Experimenters Kits

The RobotGeek Arduino Basic+ Experimenter's Kit: the most comprehensive of the Experimenters kits! (Photo credit: Trossen Robotics.)

Exploring how a component work, in detail, lays a great foundation for building a complete robot. RobotGeek supports this idea, with several Arduino-based kits designed to explore individual components. There’s a kit for linear actuators, one for touch sensors, and another for RFID. Want a more complete package? …

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SPRK: The See-Through Sphero

See what you're doing, with the SPRK Edition of the Sphero 2.0. (Photo credit: Sphero)

If you like being able to see the inner workings of machines, you’ll love the Sphero 2.0 – SPRK Edition. The main difference with this version of Sphero is its clear, polycarbonate shell that lets you check out what’s going on inside the bot. This feature …

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HEXBUG Battle Spider Dual Pack

It's red versus blue in a spider battle to the finish! (Photo credit: HEXBUG)

Duke it out with the HEXBUG Battle Spider Dual Pack! The pack includes two remote-controlled, spider-like robots. Each has a futuristic voice and sound effects. The bots even recoil when hit with infrared beams. Sensors measure each strike until only one spider is left standing. Ideal …

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Move Your Muscle and Move Your Robot, Too!

Flex your arm, raise that sword! (Photo credit: Pololu)

Ever wanted to make a robot that could move along with you? A muscle sensor from Advancer Technologies will make the interface easy! The sensor tracks and amplifies the complex electric potential generated by muscle cells. It then converts it into a simple analog signal that can …

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A Four-Wheel, Purring Cat

Zoomer Kitty will chase her cat toy or your wiggling fingers. (Photo credit: Spin Master)

Each year, the range of robotic pets expands. Now there’s Zoomer Kitty, a four-wheel, purring cat. Kids can interact with Zoomer Kitty by letting her chase them or follow the included cat toy. Touch sensors in her head, ears, and cheeks allow her to sense when …

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The Shapeoko Deluxe Kit

Make your own robot parts out of plastic, hardwood or non-ferrous metals with the Shapeoko. (Photo credit: Sparkfun)

Thinking making your own robot parts? With the Shapeoko Deluxe Kit from Sparkfun, you can create 2D and 3D designs out of plastics, hardwoods, and non-ferrous metals. This special SparkFun Edition of the Shapeoko Kit includes everything from the base frame and hardware to the motors and …

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