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It’s time to kick start our 10 Years of GoRobotics celebration! Our first giveaway features some great prizes from our sponsors, SuperDroid Robots, Apress, and Pololu. Entering this month’s contest will be simple. Here’s what you need to do: simply comment on this post and tell us your favorite robot. Winners will be chosen at random. Three winners will be chosen and the first winners will get his/her choice of the prizes, second place gets second choice and third place gets whatever is left over! The contest ends JANUARY 31st, 2010 at 12AM EST. Comments are moderated to prevent spam. Your comment won’t show up till the moderator has approved it.

Here are this month’s prizes:

Scribbler Robot

First Prize PackageParallax Scribbler Robot – worth $99

The Scribbler Robot is a complete robotics platform designed for ages 8 and up. It comes with a full Parallax Basic Stamp 2 processor, many sensors, and intuitive software for getting started quickly. Perfect for beginners and intermediate builders.

Pololu Micro Maestro 6 Servo Controller USBPractical Arduino Book

Second Prize PackageMicro Maestro 6-channel USB Servo Controller + Practical Arduino Book (donated by Pololu and Apress) – worth $25 + $35

Pololu’s Micro Maestro 6-channel USB servo controller allows you to control six separate servos from your PC via USB, TTL serial from a microcontroller, and allows basic scripts to be executed on the controller itself. It also incorporates general I/O. This controller is one of the best controllers on the market, with 0.25us resolution with built-in speed and acceleration control.

Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware, by Jonathan Oxer and Hugh Blemings will tech you how to create your own Arduino-based designs, learn the arduino programming language, and will guide you through many practical projects from home automation to test equipment. This book is for hobbyists and developers interested in physical computing using a low-cost, easy-to-learn platform.

Tamiya Remoe Control Robot Set

Third Prize PackageRemote Control Robot Construction Set (donated by SuperDroid Robots) – worth $46

The Tamiya Remote Control Robot Construction kit provides parts for wheeled remote control robot. Twin-motor gearbox, crank-axle gearbox, remote control box, ball caster, tires, universal arm, and other parts are included. The control box has 4 channels and enables control of 4 different movements by adding separately available gearboxes. It comes with instructions for building several different robots.

Keep reading for the complete rules, and TO ENER THE GIVEAWAY!

Rules/Regulations/Fine Print:

  • To enter the contest, you must comment on this post.
  • Giveaway ends January 31st, at 12AM EST (9PM PST)
  • Only one entry per person. One prize package per winner.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter the contest – it’s free!
  • Everyone is eligible, but shipping is free to only those in the continental US – if you are outside this area, you will have to pay for shipping.
  • Winners will be contacted via email supplied in the comment form.
  • You have 48 hrs to respond to the email and choose your prize package.
  • makes NO WARRANTY or GUARANTEES about these prizes.
  • can change the rules WHENEVER IT WANTS.

Update: The January contest is over and the winners have been chosen! Congratulations to Tim, Wan, and Calvin! Stay tuned for the February giveaway!

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86 Responses to “JANUARY GIVEAWAY – 10 Years of GoRobotics!”

  1. Rodney

    Raibert’s one legged hopper – amazing robot developed by the same person who went on to found BigDog robotics. I was lucky enough to see this robot at the Boston Computer Museum over 20 years ago – amazing to watch!

  2. Ron Elliott

    Definitely gonna go with the BigDog from Boston Dynamics as well.

  3. Bill Shaw

    I would have to go with the entire Mindstorms NXT product line. It made robotics available to kids as young as seven. It’s fascinating watching younger kids with absolutely no fear of technology building and programming their own bots.

  4. Eric

    I think I’d have to go with the robots from the movie I,Robot, followed closely by Surrogates.

  5. Josh

    I love CMU’s Red Rover. Its complex range of motion and autonomous control systems are ridiculously advanced.

  6. boB

    I think I’d have to go with the Lego NXT. It’s so versatile, programmable in C or through a visual GUI and with a healthy amount of processor power and sensing capabilities, it’s brilliant for prototyping control systems and AI on.

  7. Wan Nizam

    My favourite robot is roomba bot. It is just a matter of time until all the houses in the world will have automatic robotic cleaner.Roomba will reign supremacy yeah!haha

  8. Chief Robot

    My favorite robot is I-Sobot. But we also like all the Arduino based robots and really hope we win the Practical Arduino book.

  9. Sam Wane

    I’m glad to see you promoting robotics in this way.
    My favourite robot has got to be the Neato, it is a Roomba with laser navigation.

  10. VuDuDaDi

    So many robots, so little time…

    For movie robots, I’ve got to go with Gort from The Day The Earth Stood Still (original). I’m right there with Bruce on Robbie from Forbidden Planet. He’s a close second.

    For real robots, it’s hard to beat Asimo. We’ve been striving to make anthropomorphic robots since the first concepts of an artificial human started popping into peoples heads. Home kits like RoboBuilder’s CREATOR are great but they still fall short of what a multi-billion dollar corporation can do.

    Of my creations, a little light sensing mouse-bot I built from an old mouse and motors from my kid’s discarded electric toothbrushes. The first one I’ve ever build from scratch. Must be 6 years old and still can scare the dogs!

    Finally, for amateur robotics, anything the FIRST team I mentor builds! (REX ROX!!! Go 1727!!!) What these kids come up with is amazing! (Now, it only I could get them to plan it out more…)

  11. Sri

    My favorite is the roomba bot. What will popularize robots is their low cost, ease of use and their ubiquitous presence. Roombha’s popularity indicates that humans prefer mundane everyday tasks to be done by a robot. I think we should rate the most useful robots and coolest robots separately.

  12. Gary Warren

    My favorite robot would have to be Marvin from ‘The Hitchers Guide”.

  13. Doug Erickson


    Congrats on the 10 years!! If only I … awwww, never mind ; )

  14. Nick

    For fictional robots, WALL-E. For real robots, I’ll go with the old Heathkit HERO.

  15. OracsRevenge

    You should all hang your heads in shame, undoubtedly, Maximillian from the Disney movie “The Black Hole” is the daddy of all robots.

    … Google it kids

  16. Gregg

    Fictional – Marvin from Hitchhikers
    Real – Sudo Make me a Sandwitch robot by Bre Pettis

  17. Matthew O-G

    The Lynxmotion A4WD1 v2 robot seems cool but I haven’t used it, but want it.

  18. Kerry Snyder

    I am quite a fan of Marvin from the Hitchhikers Guide, but I would have to say that my personal favorite is my first Arduino stupid-simple line follower.

  19. erripman

    if I have to pick my favorite robot that will be Abe Karim’s Amber (the predecessor of Predator drones) that started what maybe is the most infamous robot application and combines my interest in robots and aviation all the same :)

  20. Sean Stone

    The Lynxmotion CH3-R. This is one of the coolest things you can buy and learn from.

  21. Eric

    Big Dog – especially if they could give him a newspaper retrieving option.

  22. Tommy

    I’m thinking Bender from Futurama. Maybe the idiot sphere from Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys… maybe that’s too obscure.

    Wait, real robots? Oh, the pancake robot, hands down.

  23. Tim

    My favorite robot is Data from Star Trek. He pretty much ruled, and in time, developed a deep knowledge of what it meant to be human.

  24. korpsaw

    I love the Scribbler Robots. As a matter of fact, I cannot dislike any robot because I love ’em all! hahaha

  25. Mark

    My favorite robot is “B9″ the robot on the 1960’s TV Show “Lost In Space”

    How more real can you get, then hearing?

    “Warning Danger”, “Warning Danger”, “Warning Will Robinson”

  26. Dalton Caughell

    This is easy! Just watched Short Circuit for the 100th time yesterday. I’m all for Johnny Five!

  27. Mike Peckham

    My favorite robot has to be terminator awesome robot so mean and agressive. But i also like Johny5 from Lynxmotion like on my webpage.

  28. teresa

    i love asimo; he’s like a cute little astronaut! big dog is cool, but kind of freaks me out.

  29. Lide

    LEGO Mindstorm for the simple reason it’s got my son interested in robots

  30. Oscar

    LEGO MINDSTORMS RCX is my favorite as it was the product that got me interested in robots.

  31. Renan

    LEGO Mindstorms, of course. I’ve always been interested in robots (I’ve only managed do build some off the cheapest ones), but Lego really caught my attention.

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