includes a robot arm and grip kit with
six degrees of freedom.
Resellers of the Mark III mini-sumo
robot kit, originally designed by the
Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)
for mini-sumo competitions. The kit
includes all hardware, motors, wheels,
and electronics. The website also sells
low-cost sensors, such as the Sharp IR
proximity modules, and various support
electronics common in amateur robotics.
Starter robot bases designed for
expansion; products include the
Workman Mobile Robot Platform and a
variety of metal base frames.
Informational page for the LEGO
Mindstorms sets. Be sure to check out
the user-to-user forums to see what
other LEGO builders are up to.
Lynxmotion offers complete robot
kits, as well as a unique Servo Erector
Set, a collection of brackets, and other
parts for building custom robots using
standard-size R/C servos.
Offers an expandable metal robot
base which includes motors, wheels,
microcontroller, and other electronics.
Kits for building small robots, plus
controller boards and development
tools for microcontroller-based robotics.
Milford Instruments Ltd.
Based in the UK but ships worldwide,
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Milford offers the StampBug walking
robot, Big Foot two-legged walking robot,
and Alex, an animatronic/robotic head.
Products include: robot kits (wood
or plastic), servos, DC gearhead
motors, infrared and ultrasonic
sensors, wireless mini color camera,
Fischertechnik construction kits, and
Kit of parts for turning a Texas
Instruments scientific calculator into a
robot! Also sells S.A.M., a fun plastic
add-on base for an existing robot.
In addition to microcontrollers such
as the BASIC Stamp, Parallax offers
numerous robot kits, including the BOE-Bot (wheeled) and Penguin (walking).
Also offers robot components, such as
wheels, servos, and sensors.
Makers of small plastic robot bases
designed for use with Tamiya motors.
Also sells servos, wheels, and treads
and sprockets for building tracked
robots, as well as sensors, microcontrollers, and other electronics.
German-based manufacturer and
seller of small robot kits for education.
Website is in Deutsch and English.
New owners of the RB5X educational robot. As noted on the website, “The
RB5X robot has been produced for over
20 years. With a proven track record and
a developed set of teaching aids, it is a
great choice for any classroom.” Full kits
and individual parts available.
Aluminum robot kits, primarily
designed for educational use. The
aluminum pieces and servos can be
constructed in numerous ways to make
a variety of robotic forms.
Robot kits including both wheeled
and walking designs.
Manufacturer’s site for the Robotis
line of robot construction sets and
parts. Check out the dealer pages to
find a reseller near you.
Resellers of Fischertechnik and
other robot construction sets.
Robot Kits Direct
Plastic robot kits in various skill
levels, from beginner to advanced. An
example is the OWI-991K Weasel,
which combined touch sensing and a
basic wall hugging behavior.
Primary retailer of BEAM robots —
a “simple is better” approach to
design. Products include various light-attracted bugs and walking robot kits,
motors, solar cells, and electronics.
Total Robots Ltd.
UK-based seller of various robot
kits, including BEAM, Lynxmotion, and
general robotics components (motors,
GPS modules, microcontrollers, wheels,
and much more).
VexLabs Robotics Kits
Makers of the VEX Robotics system.
Robot bases, large (their designs)
or small (resold from Pololu). An
example base is the Max 14; 14”
round ABS plastic with heavy duty
gearmotors and wheels. SV