My current interest is in robotic drawing machines, but robots of various forms look set to take over lots of jobs as well. So, scope for exploration & experimentation is massive. Discuss . . . .
If I wanted to build a small programmable robot as a project with my son, where is a good place to start? Are there starter kits available?
I started with a DAGU Doodlebot: http://robosavvy.com/store/dagu-doodle-bot.htmlI keep meaning to fit an infra-red receiver board, so that I can control it via universal TV remote control:http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-Doodle-Bot-kit-from-DAGU/step13/Programming-and-upgrading/
I've bought various bits from 4tronix. I haven't tried their kits, but they've got plenty:http://4tronix.co.uk/store/index.php?rt=product/category&path=66_68
Here's another supplier I've used: http://hobbycomponents.com/
There are stacks of things out there. Enjoy . . . . .
The MeArm is a popular choice: http://blog.mearm.io/ .
It is good thing if you want to start in Robotics. This field has the future scope for jobs also. Also in this field you can cover the maximum part of different technologies. Start reading tutorial and watching videos about robotics. Also start practicing by yourself.
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I'm no expert on what kit's best, & it depends what you want to do . . . , but as a starter, this looks like a high spec for a very keen price: https://shop.4tronix.co.uk/collections/robot-kits/products/crumblebot-mk2-robot-for-crumble-crumbot2. Personally, I'd also get the optional extras of ultrasonic distance sensor & pen-holder. 4tronix are a good supplier to deal with.
Other options are http://www.robotshop.com/uk/ and http://hobbycomponents.com/124-roboticsThere are probably many others too. Good luck. If you're local to Hebden Bridge, pop down to our space for a chat - I'll be there from 7pm tonight.