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The Arduino-Compatible Scamper Robot Kit

The basic, assembled Scamper robot. (Photo courtesy of Dagu Hi-Tech Electronics.)
The basic, assembled Scamper robot. (Photo courtesy of Dagu Hi-Tech Electronics.)

The Scamper Robot Kit looks like a lot of fun for those who enjoy integrating art and robotics. Among other things, the bot can be used to draw programmed patterns. The creators of the bot have even been experimenting with using a 100 mL syringe to release paint. While results are far from perfect, this platform looks like a fun challenge for learning about the technical challenges of using robots to create art.

Scamper features six omni wheels, three metal-geared motors, magnetic encoder discs, and hall effect sensors. The robot’s controller has two ATmega8A processors that communicate via I2C. An Arduino can be added for additional functionality, and an XBee can be used for wireless control.

The Scamper kit requires no soldering, and includes all the necessary tools. You pick one up from Dagu Hi-Tech Electronics for $168.00.

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