Leader in plastic scale model
parts. Of their products, their
structural shapes, tubing, sheet, and
patterned sheet materials are of keen
interest to robot builders.
The BASIC Stamp revolutionized
amateur robotics, yet the concept
is simple: Take an eight-bit
microcontroller, normally intended
to be programmed in assembly
language, but embed within it a
language interpreter so that it can be
programmed in a simpler language,
namely Basic. Also sells servo motors
The Orangutan is a specialty controller made for controlling small robots.
Also sells servo motors and wheels.
Rabbit makes a popular eight-bit
microcontroller and associated
developer kit. The Rabbit system is
known for its speed, hence its name.
In addition to bare controllers, the
company also sells core modules with
Ethernet connectivity built in.
Robotic Power Solutions
Specializing in combat robot parts,
the company sells Ni-Cd and NiMH battery
packs, chargers, and cobalt AstroFlight
gear motors. Their “Battlepack Kits”
include batteries, wires, support bars,
heat-shrink tubing, and padding foam.
Reseller of Hitec and Futaba
servos, plus they manufacture custom
servo horns, mounts, external
gearboxes, and other accessories.
Offers a wide assortment of
microcontroller development boards
and modules. Check out their line of
“breakout boards” which are small
circuit boards for attaching to the rest
of your robot electronics.
Fiberglass, plastic, and signage
products. Plastics retailer, with stores
in Northern California, Oregon, and
CONTACT THE AUTHOR
Gordon McComb is the author of
Robot Builder’s Bonanza and
Electronics for Dummies. He can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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