Robots and artificial devices have always interested humans as they are the first devices mankind has created that has the potential to match and surpass our own abilities. For this reason, many technologically advanced companies have created robot kits in order to satisfy people's need and desire for devices that emulate human thought, form and function. Robotic kits allow people to learn how to create a particular type of robot while gaining the knowledge, skills and expertise to be used in building ever increasingly complex robots.
One of the best things about building and using robot kits is that every step entails a particular skill that the builder will learn to appreciate and subsequently master. For instance, by simply placing the right parts at the right places (mechanically, electronically or in code), a builder can learn about electronics, physics and artificial intelligence. For more information, see the visual rating system. To know more about robot kits, here is a list of some of the available kits that you can try:
Beginner Robot Kits
As the name implies, beginner robot kits are made especially for individuals who are still new to robotics. These kits are designed to educate and orient those who are interested in trying robotics. The skills involved in building and working with these kits are roughly at the level of an elementary or middle school student, but can be of interest to all ages. The Inex line of kits allows for a variety of designs and includes a very straightforward programming interface.
Intermediate Robot Kits
Intermediate robot kits are principally made for the robot hobbyist who has intermediate knowledge of robotics, meaning that they have already experimented with building and using simple robots. Many of these kits require programming and are intended to strengthen the user’s understanding of robotic programming. Other kits help you tackle soldering while making a robotic toy.
Advanced Robot Kits
Advanced robot kits employ more complicated designs, electronics and mechanics and require more knowledge of robotics. The most advanced robot kits include walking robots as well as humanoid robots (resembling a human being). Humanoid robots are considered one of the most complex mobile robots possible and as such as used regularly in research facilities and graduate studies.
Solar & Beam Robot Kits
If you want to enjoy playing with robots under the sun, try the solar robot kits. Many of these robots use the sun's rays as their source of energy, but can also function under artificial lighting. Beam robots are designed with a minimum of mechanics to obtain motion and often require soldering.
Robot Construction Kits
Robot construction kits are more than just toys: they use interchangeable parts and can be programmed a variety of ways. The sensors and electronics used in many of these kits are complex and need to be programmed in order to be used to their full potential. Many of the kits can even be used to create humanoid robots. Robot construction kits offer the big advantage of saving you the time needed to construct intricate mechanical parts.
Robot Development Platforms
Robot Development Platforms are ideal for the experienced robot builder who is looking for a pre-made platform on which he or she can electronics, a battery pack, sensors and more. Most robotic platforms come with the motors required for each degree of freedom, though most kits leave it to the customer to decide which electronics to select. Many platforms have a downloadable computer interface, though often times the user chooses whichever programming language they are most comfortable with.
Electronic Experimentation Kits
Electronic experimentation kits are ideal for the young robotic enthusiast who is looking to gain knowledge and experience with the electronics and simple circuits. Although there may be some mechanical construction required, electronic experimentation kits are focused mainly on the electronics aspect of robotics.
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