Robotics News

The Mars InSight lander is on track to launch in May

Robots@Engadget - 22 November, 2017 - 22:19

The InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander has passed its last major environmental test ahead of a planned May 2018 launch to Mars. The thermal vacuum testing, or TVAC, lasted two weeks and simulates the harsh, stressful environment of space. "With InSight coming out of TVAC, the team has successfully completed the environmental testing phase and will now be finalizing launch preparations over the coming months," Scott Daniels, the InSight assembly, test and launch operations manager, told Space.com, which reported the news.

Source: Space.com

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Algae-based nanobots could diagnose you from the inside

Robots@Engadget - 22 November, 2017 - 20:11

Nanobots promise a breakthrough in medicine by letting doctors study and treat you without invasive surgery or relatively ineffective drugs. But they face a couple of key problems: it's not easy to steer them to where they're needed, and getting rid of them is difficult when they're finished. Researchers might have a solution: make them out of natural materials that are guaranteed to break down. They've crafted nanobots (not pictured) using the sort of spirulina algae you can find in health food stores. The natural composition not only lets them biodegrade gracefully, but makes them relatively easy to control and track.

Source: University of Manchester

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Kids judge R2-D2 droids built by Facebook, Google and Fitbit

Robots@Engadget - 22 November, 2017 - 19:30

Last Wednesday, a group of 24 children from the ages of seven to 12 gathered at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco. They laughed and chattered with excitement, had their picture taken next to the Yoda fountain and squealed at the sight of R2-D2. They were there to attend a "Droidathon," where participants competed to see who could build the best R2-D2 lookalikes out of littleBits' Droid Inventor Kit. But the kids weren't there to compete; they were there to judge.

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The Best Microcontrollers 2017

GoRobotics - 22 November, 2017 - 18:29

With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best microcontrollers.

Don’t forget to check out our other Gift and Best of GuidesThe Best Vacuum Robots 2017The Best Robotics Learning Kit 2017The Best Drones 2017The Best Microcontrollers 2017, and The Best Robot Building Kit 2017.

Who is this for?

Microcontrollers are robot brains. Microcontrollers allow the designer to interface sensors and specialized control electronics together (along with anything else required for the project) and contain the overall logic of the robot.

Why should you trust us?

At RobotShop we’ve been among the pioneers of robotics. With about 15 years of experience of selling microcontrollers of all sorts, we’re among the few unbiased experts in the world when it comes to microcontrollers and which ones are the best.

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Our pick – Arduino Uno R3 USB Microcontroller

The Arduino Uno is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega328 microchip. It has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog inputs, a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a 1.5m USB Cable Type A to B or power it with an Wall Adapter Power Supply – 9VDC 650mA or DFRobot 7.4V Lipo 2500mAh Battery (Arduino Power Jack) to get started. The Arduino Uno differs from all preceding boards in that it does not use the FTDI USB-to-serial driver chip. Instead, it features the Atmega16U2 programmed as a USB-to-serial converter. “Uno” means one in Italian and is named to mark the upcoming release of Arduino 1.0. The Uno and version 1.0 will be the reference versions of Arduino, moving forward. The Uno is the latest in a series of USB Arduino boards, and the reference model for the Arduino platform.

The best microcontroller on the market

Our team’s verdict: This microcontroller has been one of our top-selling products and it’s not without reasons! It’s powerful, versatile, reliable, and offers the best bang for the bucks.

Runner-up – Teensy 3.2 USB Microcontroller Development Board

The Teensy 3.2 USB Microcontroller Development Board is a complete USB-based microcontoller development system., in a very small footprint, capable of implementing many types of projects. All programming is done via the USB port. No special programmer is needed, only a standard “Micro B” USB cable and a PC or Macintosh with a USB port. The RAM has quadrupled, from 16K to 64K. While 16K is plenty for nearly all Arduino libraries, 64K allows for more advanced applications. Icons and graphics for color displays and audio effects requiring delays, like reverb and chorus, will become possible on Teensy 3.2. Flash memory has also doubled, to 256K, and provides double the memory bandwidth. Teensy 3.2 has a proper analog output. You can always filter PWM, but true analog output responds rapidly. The output is created by the stable reference voltage, so it’s doesn’t vary if your power supply voltage changes slightly.

One of the best microcontroller

Our team’s verdict: The Teensy microcontroller is also a great and powerful microcontroller

Upgrade pick – VEX Cortex Microcontroller

The VEX Cortex Microcontroller is the brain of every VEX robot. It coordinates the flow of all information and power on the robot. It has built in bi-directional communication for wireless driving, debugging and downloading using the state of the art VEXnet 802.11 wireless link.

The best microcontroller for VEX products

Our team’s verdict: This microcontroller is the best for VEX products and

Budget pick – Arduino Pro Mini 328 – 5V/16MHz

The Arduino Pro Mini 328 – 5V/16MHz is a 5V Arduino running the 16MHz bootloader. Arduino Pro Mini does not come with connectors populated so that you can solder in any connector or wire with any orientation you need.

The best microcontroller on a budget

Our team’s verdict: This microcontroller is extremely affordable and is a great product if you’re looking for a cheap microcontroller

Also great – Bluno Nano Arduino BLE Bluetooth Microcontroller

The Bluno Nano Arduino BLE Bluetooth Microcontroller is perfect for BLE projects with limited space or weight. Bluno family is first of its kind in intergrating BT 4.0(BLE) module into Arduino Uno, making it an ideal prototyping platform for developers to go wireless. You will be able to develope your own smart bracelet , smart pedometer and more. Through the low-power Bluetooth 4.0 technology, real-time low energy communication can be made really easy. Bluno Nano also integrates a TI CC2540 BT 4.0 chip with the Arduino UNO development board. It allows wireless programming via BLE, supports Bluetooth HID, supports AT command to config the BLE and you can upgrade BLE firmware easily. Bluno is also compatible with all Arduino Uno pins which means any project made with Uno can directly go wireless.

A great microcontroller

Our team’s verdict: This is also a great option, especially if you have space constraints. And you don’t have to worry about working with other components as it’s compatible with Arduino UNO products.

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Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to check out our other Gift and Best of GuidesThe Best Vacuum Robots 2017The Best Robotics Learning Kit 2017The Best Drones 2017,The Best Microcontrollers 2017, and The Best Robot Building Kit 2017.

Also take a look at our Top 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

           
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The Best Drones 2017

GoRobotics - 22 November, 2017 - 18:22

With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best drones.

Don’t forget to check out our other Gift and Best of GuidesThe Best Vacuum Robots 2017The Best Robotics Learning Kit 2017The Best Drones 2017The Best Microcontrollers 2017, and The Best Robot Building Kit 2017.

Who is this for?

UAVs & drones are both fun and incredibly functional; some UAVs / drones can be remotely controlled while others can be programmed to fly completely autonomously. From UAV parts to micro UAVs and airplanes with FPV, we have it all! This guide is for drone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds looking to for a performing and reliable drone. Whether if it’s your first flight or if you’re a seasoned pilot, we have recommendations for you.

Why should you trust us?

At RobotShop we’ve been among the pioneers of drones (whether they were ready to fly, or kits to be built). With many years of experience in selling drones and UAV building kits, we’re among the few unbiased experts in the world when it comes to drones/UAVs and which ones are the best.

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Our pick – MakeBlock Airblock Modular Hexacopter Drone

The MakeBlock Airblock Modular Hexacopter Drone is an easy to assemble modular and programmable drone. It can be transformed among multiple forms like a drone, a hovercraft, integrated to a Lego construction or attached with everyday objects. With graphic software, Airblock inspires creative ways to play. Block assembly is simple and quick. This well-designed Plug & Play uses magnetic connections, perfect for creative transformation and infinite fun. Airblock’s main control module comes with three integrated LED lights (color and brightness are individually controllable), a barometer for altitude sensing, an ultrasonic sensor for distance measuring, a gyroscope (measuring and maintaining orientation), and a Bluetooth module for connectivity.

The best drone

Our team’s verdict: This modular drone offers a great assembling experience and an even greater flying experience.

Runner-up – SonicModell AR.Wing 900mm Drone FPV Flying Wing Plug & Fly

The SonicModell AR.Wing 900mm Drone FPV Flying Wing Plug & Fly is a great all-around delta R/C wing which can be used as a standard plane or to do first person view flights (FPV) with video recording. To allow for a different video camera, the frame comes with different camera mount (lightweight plywood) as well as matching magnetically held nose cones. Frame features an easy access top lid which is held in place with the same magnet system and two different battery mount configurations are present. Wings are removable with a simple thumb screw and the fiber reinforcement tube give good rigidity to the overall assembly. For an easy experience, the whole frame is pre-assembled with the servos glued in the wing and motor already mounted. The user needs to screw the wing tips and attach the wing with the provided thumb screws and fiber tube than fit his own R/C receiver as well as the battery. The CG point is even moulded in the bottom of the wing for easy setup.

The best flying wing drone

Our team’s verdict: Flying wings are not the most popular design in the market but offer amazing performances and an incredible flight experience.

Upgrade pick – Lynxmotion HQuad500 Drone

The Lynxmotion HQuad500 Drone (Base Combo Kit) is a 500mm quadcopter built using the new Lynxmotion M.E.S. (MultiRotor Erector Set) system. The design uses our new aluminum clamps along with 16mm carbon fiber tubes. We equipped the HQuad500 with a camera plate up front which is removable. Different plates will be available as well as a stabilized gimbal system. The flight controller mounting is located at the “dead center” of the frame with slots accommodating 30.5mm to 45mm mounting. The frame is compatible with the Lynxmotion Quadrino Nano Flight Controller (not included) with a section designed for the GPS antenna and access to the underside ports. There are integrated mounting plates for the ESCs which allow for easy access.

The best drone to build

Our team’s verdict: the LynxMotion drones are state-of-the-art UAV kits. This one is extremely versatile and offers great performances.

Budget pick – Hubsan Q4 Nano QuadCopter

The Hubsan Q4 Nano QuadCopter is worlds smallest quadcopter with a 2.4Ghz radio system. It is featured with an ultra small design and integrated gyro for a stable flight. Featured with 4-Channel 2.4ghz radio with digital trim, this quadopter has LED lights to guide you during front and back flights with coreless micro motors.

The best affordable drone

Our team’s verdict: The Hubsan drones are extremely affordable and have gained a reputation of the best drones on a budget.

Also great – Avitron Bluetooth Bionic Bird

The Avitron Bluetooth Bionic Bird offers the opportunity to experience an extraordinary sensory adventure: flying like a bird. In the sky, Bionic Bird is the only flying object in the world that doesn’t frighten birds away. On the contrary, it attracts them all! Friends and enemies alike. Bionic Bird is fearless in the face of predators thanks to its indestructible foam body and replaceable carbon fiber tail and wing structure. We equipped the HQuad500 with a camera plate up front which is removable. Different plates will be available as well as a stabilized gimbal system. The flight controller mounting is located at the “dead center” of the frame with slots accommodating 30.5mm to 45mm mounting. The frame is compatible with the Lynxmotion Quadrino Nano Flight Controller (not included) with a section designed for the GPS antenna and access to the underside ports. There are integrated mounting plates for the ESCs which allow for easy access.

The best flying bird UAV

Our team’s verdict: If you’re looking for something different, this flying bird is an amazing product. It imitates real wild birds and will allow you to fly among them.

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Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to check out our other Gift and Best of GuidesThe Best Vacuum Robots 2017The Best Robotics Learning Kit 2017The Best Drones 2017,The Best Microcontrollers 2017, and The Best Robot Building Kit 2017.

Also take a look at our Top 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

           
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The Best Robotics Learning Kit 2017

GoRobotics - 22 November, 2017 - 18:20

With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best robotics learning kits.

Don’t forget to check out our other Gift and Best of GuidesThe Best Vacuum Robots 2017The Best Robotics Learning Kit 2017The Best Drones 2017The Best Microcontrollers 2017, and The Best Robot Building Kit 2017.

Who is this for?

Building a robot from a construction kit is the perfect way to start learning about robotic technology since all parts are compatible with one another and everything you need is usually included. Furthermore, as technology evolves ever more quickly in all aspects of modern living, it is important that the next generation know as much as possible about design, electronics, programming, and integration in order to stay competitive. This is why robotics is becoming increasingly important at all levels of education.

Learning kits provide a great way to dive into robotics at all ages and with any technological background.

Why should you trust us?

At RobotShop we’ve been among the pioneers of robotics. With about 15 years of experience of selling robotics learning kits and ready-to-build robot kits, we’re among the few unbiased experts in the world when it comes to robotics learning kits and which ones are the best.

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Our pick – littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit 2nd Edition

The littlebits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit 2nd Edition is the ultimate invention toolbox. Motors, wheels, lights, switches, servos, buzzers, even the tools to build a remote control – snap it all together to spark creativity and fun. Want to invent a remote control racecar? Do it. Create an automatic bubble blowing device? Go for it! Make a wireless doorbell, a bumper ball game, even a mischief machine to scare the pants off friends and family. Start with step-by-step instructions for 16 inventions, then break out of the box and hack your world for fun. Start inventing the minute you open the box. The Gizmos & Gadgets Kit comes with 15 electronic building blocks, a detailed instruction handbook, and all the accessories and tools you need to unleash the inventor within. Create, play, remix, then share your creations with the world. Need some inspiration? Check out the thousands of inventions on the community pages and the free littleBits app.

The best robotics learning kit

Our team’s verdict: littleBits’ products are among the best robotics products for kids and this one is no exception. This is the best robotics learning kit in the market and offers limitless applications and inventions. It can truly help you develop skills for careers that haven’t been invented yet.

Runner-up – Snap Circuits LIGHT Experiments Kit

Watch the Snap Circuits LIGHT Experiments Kit and be amazed at what your music can do with it. Connect your iPod or any MP3 player and enjoy your music as the lights change to the beat. The strobe light with spinning patterns will amaze you with its visual effects. Elenco’s Snap Circuits makes learning electronics easy and fun! Just follow the colorful pictures in our manual and build over 175 exciting projects. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. Enjoy hours of educational fun while learning about electronics.

The best learning kit to experience with lights

Our team’s verdict: This learning kit is extremely innovative and interactive. With 55 parts and more than 150 possible projects, this kit will offer countless hours of learning and fun.

Upgrade pick – KANO Complete Kit (Computer + Screen)

The KANO Educational Computer Kit is a computer anyone can make. You build and code it yourself. It’s a fun way to make, play and express your creativity with technology. The KANO Educational Computer Kit comes with 10 plug-and-play components including: a Raspberry Pi, a wireless keyboard, a DIY speaker, a custom case, power and HDMI cables, memory card, a USB power supply, an illustrated storybook and 4 sheets of stickers. No prior knowledge is needed.

The best kit to build your first computer

Our team’s verdict: This kit includes everything you need to build your own computer based on the Raspberry Pi platform.

Budget pick – E-Blox Circuit Builder 115 Set

Great addition to any STEM program. Learn all about electricity, current and voltage. Play song and sounds while lights flash and a fan spins. Compatible with other building brick sets

The best kit to learn how to build electronic circuits

Our team’s verdict: This kit is very affordable and will introduce kids to the concept of electronic circuits and to build them. This is a great STEM-related product.

Also great – Arduboy Arduino Electronic Kit

The Arduboy Arduino Electronic Kit is an open platform for people to play, create and share games. A game system, the size of a credit card. Choose your favorite classic game from the completely free Arduboy Arcade. Built on the popular Arduino software, it’s also an excellent way to learn how to program! Because you can learn to make your own games, Arduboy is a game system the size of your imagination!

The best kit to build your own handheld video game console

Our team’s verdict: Not only this kit will get you to learn electronics and programming, you’ll also have built your very own video game console. And maybe your own video games! This is a very fun product that might generate some vocations.

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Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to check out our other Gift and Best of GuidesThe Best Vacuum Robots 2017The Best Robotics Learning Kit 2017The Best Drones 2017The Best Microcontrollers 2017, and The Best Robot Building Kit 2017.

Also take a look at our Top 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

           
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The Best Robot Building Kit 2017

GoRobotics - 22 November, 2017 - 18:19

With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best robotics building kit.

Don’t forget to check out our other Gift and Best of GuidesThe Best Vacuum Robots 2017The Best Robotics Learning Kit 2017The Best Drones 2017The Best Microcontrollers 2017, and The Best Robot Building Kit 2017.

Who is this for?

Building a robot from a construction kit is the perfect way to start learning about robotic technology since all parts are compatible with one another and everything you need is usually included. If you’re looking for a great kit for all ages to build your own robot without hassle, then the kits below are perfect for you.

Why should you trust us?

At RobotShop we’ve been among the pioneers of robotics. With about 15 years of experience of selling robotics kits and ready-to-build robot kits, we’re among the few unbiased experts in the world when it comes to robotics building kits and which ones are the best.

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Our pick – littleBits Droid Inventor Kit

With the LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit, kids can create their own custom Droid™ and bring it to life! Using littleBits electronic blocks and the free Droid Inventor app, they’ll teach their R2 Unit new tricks and take it on 16+ missions. Then kids can level-up their inventor expertise and reconfigure their Droid to give it new skills, or design any Droid they can dream up. The kit comes with everything kids need to create and customize their R2 Unit straight out of the box. Initial assembly is easy with step-by-step instructions to create their Droid, and control it in Drive Mode, Self-Nav, Force™ Mode, and more. After mastering their Droid Inventor skills, kids continue on to challenges that spark creativity and get them inventing brand-new Droids.

The best robotic building kit

Our team’s verdict: We’ve fell in love with the Droid Inventor Kit since the first day we saw it. We’ve made an unboxing and review video that you can see here. It’s an amazing kit for kids (or giant kids calling themselves “adults”).

Runner-up – DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot

The DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot (Basic Kit) is a versatile mobile robot tank based on the popular Arduino Uno R3 USB Microcontroller microcontroller. The Rover uses the popular Tamiya twin-motor gearbox and the Tamiya track and wheel set. The DFRobotShop Rover PCB incorporates a standard Arduino Uno (surface mount ATMega328), L293B motor driver (connected to pins 5 to 8), voltage regulator and prototyping area while contributing to the mechanical structure of the robot. The onboard voltage regulator allows the entire board to be powered using as little as 3.7V to ~9V*.

The best robot rover building kit

Our team’s verdict: The DFRobotShop Rover is the best rover kit available. And as it’s based on Arduino Uno, your field of possible applications is only limited by your imagination.

Upgrade pick – Lynxmotion AL5D PLTW Robotic Arm Kit

The Lynxmotion AL5D PLTW Robotic Arm Kit is a package made specifically for PLTW schools. It includes a complete AL5D robotic arm, along with a medium duty wrist rotate upgrade, SSC-32U servo controller board and a USB cable. The SSC-32U board means no more USB-to-serial adapter and no more 9V battery.

The best robotic arm building kit

Our team’s verdict: Built in association with PLTW (the leading STEM non profit), the Lynxmotion AL5D is a powerful programmable arm. And with the software now completely free, this is an even better product.

Budget pick – DFRobot Spider Robot Frame Kit

Design and manufacture a robotic creature full of energy. Eight multi-jointed legs accurately duplicate the walking movement of a real spider. Two assembly choices for you to change the stride length and gait of the spider

The best robot building kit on a budget

Our team’s verdict: If you’re looking for an affordable robotic kit, look no further. The DFRobot Spider will let you assemble your own robotic creature and see it come to life.

Also great – Robotic Arm MeArm Nuka No Controller

The Robotic Arm MeArm Nuka No Controller (Cola Blue) comes as a flat pack robot arm kit, that you can build with nothing but a screwdriver and enthusiasm. It is a great kit to get you started in the world of programming, electronics, robotics, and engineering.

A great robotic arm

Our team’s verdict: This is a great product if you want to start with something not too complex. It’s extremely easy to assemble and will be working very quickly.

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Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to check out our other Gift and Best of GuidesThe Best Vacuum Robots 2017The Best Robotics Learning Kit 2017The Best Drones 2017The Best Microcontrollers 2017, and The Best Robot Building Kit 2017.

Also take a look at our Top 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

           
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The Best Vacuum Robots 2017

GoRobotics - 22 November, 2017 - 18:19

With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best vacuum robots for your home.

Don’t forget to check out our other Gift and Best of GuidesThe Best Vacuum Robots 2017The Best Robotics Learning Kit 2017The Best Drones 2017The Best Microcontrollers 2017, and The Best Robot Building Kit 2017.

Who is this for?

Since the day robotic vacuums were introduced, household cleaning was changed forever. Most people vacuum their homes a few times a week and find the process boring and time-consuming. This is where the robot vacuum cleaner or automatic vacuum robot comes in. A robot vacuum can liberate you from the tedious vacuuming job and helps save precious time. You can, therefore, spend more time with your family and friends or have more time for rest and leisure.

Robotic vacuums are autonomous and are highly efficient even when compared to conventional vacuum cleaners making them a worthy investment.

There are several models of robot vacuums from entry line robots to the ones with most advanced features and that offer the latest technology. Some come with a docking station and can be scheduled to clean at your preferred time for an entirely automatic cleaning.

We have robotic vacuums available for all budgets. They are all efficient, reliable, affordable and easy to use. RobotShop is here to help you select the best model for your needs

Why should you trust us?

At RobotShop we’ve been among the pioneers of the robotic vacuums revolution. With about 15 years of experience of selling vacuum robots and repairing them, we’re among the few unbiased experts in the world when it comes to robot vacuums and which ones are the best.

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Our pick – Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum Cleaner

The Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum Cleaner has a patented laser-guided technology scans and maps the room, plans, and methodically cleans, automatically moving from room to room. The robot can be paired with a home Wi-Fi network and the Neato app, to remotely set up a regular vacuuming schedule, start a full house or spot clean, stop or pause the robot and get instant notifications about the status of the vacuuming run.

The best vacuum robot

Our team’s verdict: The Neato robots are the best vacuum robots. Their design and features are the best you can find today. This model also comes with full-fledged remote control from a compatible smartphone.

Runner-up – iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

The new iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot gives you cleaner floors, throughout your entire home, all at the push of a button. Roomba 980 seamlessly navigates an entire level of your home, keeping track of its location and recharging as needed until the job is done. The AeroForce Cleaning System with Carpet Boost automatically increases power on carpets where it’s needed most. And with the iRobot HOME App, you can clean and schedule on the go.

Another great vacuum robot

Our team’s verdict: Roombas were the first vacuum robots to come into our homes. This latest model is their best yet and comes also with remote control. But, in our opinion, the Neato is a better product.

Upgrade pick – Makita DRC200Z Industrial Robotic Vacuum

The Makita Industrial Robotic Vacuum has high material filtration rate – 99% efficiency ≥ 0.2 microns (µm). It accepts 2 x 18V Li-Ion batteries without a battery converter for use with existing 18V Li-Ion battery platform. The brushless DC motor generates less heat buildup and is ideal for periods of prolonged use. it can operate in random or pattern mode for maximum vacuuming efficiency.

The most powerful vacuum robot on the market

Our team’s verdict: This workhorse from Makita is an incredibly powerful vacuum robot. Built for warehouses and great surfaces, it will be as efficient in your homes.

Budget pick – Deebot D35 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

The Deebot D35 Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a floor cleaning robot that vacuums food crumbs, pet hair, debris and more so that you no longer have to sweep off your floors. Easy to operate and to maintain, it is tangle-free with Direct Suction, features Dual Sweeper Side Brushes to clean baseboards on either side of the robot and is smart enough to automatically clean every day.

The best vacuum robot on a budget

Our team’s verdict: Ecovacs products are getting better and better. This D35 is he best vacuum robot for under USD150.

Also great – Mamibot Sweepur Automatic Robot Floor Cleaner

The Mamibot Sweepur 120 Automatic Robot Floor Cleaner is a mopping robot supported by a navigation box (GyroNavi), which can clean and perform as well as ourselves. The GyroNavi box also helps to correct deviation during cleaning, not allowing any uncleaned corners.

A mopping robot is a great addition to a vacuum robot

Our team’s verdict: While not as common as their vacuum counterparts, mopping robots are starting to make their way into our homes. the Mamibot will be a great companion to any vacuum robot.

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Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to check out our other Gift and Best of GuidesThe Best Vacuum Robots 2017The Best Robotics Learning Kit 2017The Best Drones 2017The Best Microcontrollers 2017, and The Best Robot Building Kit 2017.

Also take a look at our Top 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

           
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Walmart is testing a self-driving, floor-scrubbing robot

Robots@Engadget - 22 November, 2017 - 17:22

Walmart has been testing autonomous floor-cleaning robots in five of its stores, LinkedIn reports. The floor scrubber, developed by Brain Corp., is equipped with cameras, sensors and LiDAR to help it maneuver down aisles and around obstacles. And it can largely navigate itself after first being driven by a person in order to learn its path.

Via: Fox Business

Source: LinkedIn

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Apple research gives a peek at its self-driving car plans

Robots@Engadget - 22 November, 2017 - 12:01

Apply, which has been famously tight-lipped on its self-driving vehicle research, has posted what looks like its first public research on the subject, notes Reuters. The paper is listed on the public site Arxiv, often used by researchers to get preliminary feedback before publishing in a final form. The report describes a new way to use LiDAR called VoxelNet. That would make it easier for autonomous cars to not just spot the location of objects, but determine critical information like whether they're pedestrians or cyclists.

Source: Reuters

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Toyota's T-HR3 robot mimics your hand, arm and foot movements

Robots@Engadget - 21 November, 2017 - 07:28

While Honda's ASIMO has taken much of the attention for automaker-built robots, Toyota has been working on humanoid helpers of its own for years, and now it's unveiling a third-generation model. The THR-3 expands on previous models built to test specific joints and movements by putting together a full body to be controlled by a human operating its Master Maneuvering System. The force feedback-enabled control system includes a head-mounted display (HTC Vive), "data glove" and torque servos that allows the operator to "instantly manipulate" the robot by mapping their motions and force precisely.

Source: Toyota

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Roomba robotic vacuums now follow IFTTT instructions

Robots@Engadget - 20 November, 2017 - 17:22

If Roomba vacuums are going to feel like they're truly part of your connected home, they need to do more than dutifully clean your floors on a set schedule. Thankfully, iRobot is helping them do just that. It just added IFTTT "recipes" that tell Roomba robots when to clean or to interact with other devices. You can tell your robovac to start cleaning when you leave or stop when you get home, for starters. However, the cleverest tricks come when the robot interacts with the outside world. You can tweet to your Roomba to start a command, or have it post to Facebook or Twitter when it's done. You can even have it flash your Hue lights or play music (on Android devices) when it's finished, in case there's something you need to do immediately afterwards.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: IFTTT

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Black Friday 2017 – Featured Deals

GoRobotics - 20 November, 2017 - 16:51

All of our teams are getting ready to break records this year. With discounts up to 99% on a vast range of products, free same-day shipping*, and hassle-free returns, this Black Friday 2017 promises to be the best we’ve ever done.

Take a first look at some of our favorite deals coming at the end of the week below, and make sure you don’t miss them! Add a reminder to your calendar, or RSVP to our Facebook event to get exclusive tips and notifications for the best deals.

Our favorite deals (starting on Friday) Professor Einstein WiFi Enabled Talking Robot

Hello – I am Professor Einstein WiFi Enabled Talking Robot! I have inherited the famous Albert Einstein’s intelligence and science know-how so that you can explore the world through my eyes. Bring me home and get on your personal path to genius! I am an amazingly expressive and playful robot who trains your brain and teaches you science.

Professor Einstein WiFi Enabled Talking Robot

DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot

The DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot (Basic Kit) is a versatile mobile robot tank based on the popular Arduino Uno R3 USB Microcontroller microcontroller. The Rover uses the popular Tamiya twin-motor gearbox and the Tamiya track and wheel set. The DFRobotShop Rover PCB incorporates a standard Arduino Uno (surface mount ATMega328), L293B motor driver (connected to pins 5 to 8), voltage regulator and prototyping area while contributing to the mechanical structure of the robot. The onboard voltage regulator allows the entire board to be powered using as little as 3.7V to ~9V*.

DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot

E-Blox Circuit Builder 115 Set

Great addition to any STEM program. Learn all about electricity, current, and voltage. Play song and sounds while lights flash and a fan spins. Compatible with other building brick sets

E-Blox Circuit Builder 115 Set

Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot (Black)

The Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot (Black) is a fully automated, safe and easy to use Grillbot. It is the world’s first automatic grill cleaning robotic device. Its push-button makes it easy to operate. It does all the heavy scrubbing to rid your grill of grease and grime while you get on with your life. It not only cleans your grill but allows the grill to retain its ongoing flavor. Grillbot takes the work out of it with disposable brushes and three motor power to blast away grime and grease. When finished, Grillbot alerts you with an alarm. With the Grillbot you can save yourself time and energy. It does the tough job of scrubbing and cleaning the grill so you can go ahead and do other things like watching the game or joining the family to play games. Simply put the Grillbot on your grill, press a button and you are done. Grillbot scours grease and caked-on grime leaving your grill like new. Grill cleaning has never been easier.

Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot (Black)

Beagle, Monkey and Cat Robotic Toy Bundle

Beagle, Monkey and Cat Robotic Toy Bundle – Cute animals that chatter and walk.

Beagle, Monkey and Cat Robotic Toy Bundle

LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit

With the LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit, kids can create their own custom Droid™ and bring it to life! Using littleBits electronic blocks and the free Droid Inventor app, they’ll teach their R2 Unit new tricks and take it on 16+ missions. Then kids can level-up their inventor expertise and reconfigure their Droid to give it new skills, or design any Droid they can dream up. The kit comes with everything kids need to create and customize their R2 Unit straight out of the box. Initial assembly is easy with step-by-step instructions to create their Droid and control it in Drive Mode, Self-Nav, Force™ Mode, and more. After mastering their Droid Inventor skills, kids continue on to challenges that spark creativity and get them inventing brand-new Droids.

LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit

Litter-Robot III Open Air Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box w/ 1-Year Extended Warranty (Canada only)

The Litter-Robot III Open Air Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box w/ 1-Year Extended Warranty makes cat ownership easier every day. It is the first major revision to the highly successful Litter-Robot platform. The larger, more ergonomic entry and litter chamber along with the new self-adjusting cat sensor accommodates all cats, large and small. It sifts clumps and waste out of the litter seven minutes after a cat uses it and drops the waste into a receptacle drawer for easy disposal.

Litter-Robot III Open Air Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box w/ 1-Year Extended Warranty

Clocky Robot Alarm Clock – Black

This Clocky Robot Alarm Clock runs away and hides when you don’t wake up. Clocky gives you one chance to get up. But if you snooze, Clocky will jump off of your nightstand and wheel around your room looking for a place to hide. Clocky is kind of like a misbehaving pet, only he will get up at the right time. It is also available in Clocky Robot Alarm Clock – Aqua, Almond, Raspberry, and Coco.

Clocky Robot Alarm Clock – Black

LIDAR-Lite 3 Laser Rangefinder

The LIDAR-Lite 3 Laser Rangefinder by Garmin is an essential, powerful, scalable and economical laser-based measurement solution supporting a wide variety of applications (ex. drones, general robotics, industrial sensing and more). Measures distance, velocity and signal strength of cooperative and non-cooperative targets at distances from zero to more than 40 meters. Offering the highest performance available in a single beam ranging sensor in its class.

LIDAR-Lite 3 Laser Rangefinder

Quirkbot Robot Kit

The Quirkbot Robot Kit is a little character you can program and construct into different shapes and forms. Connect Strawbees, motors, LEDs, and sensors to make your own creatures! It’s a fun and easy way to the inspiring world of physical programming, electronics and mechanics for kids, grown-ups and educators.

Quirkbot Robot Kit

RPLIDAR A2 360° Laser Scanner

The RPLIDAR A2 360° Laser Scanner is the next generation of 360 degrees 2D lidars. The RPLIDAR A2 adopts low-cost laser triangulation measurement system developed by SLAMTEC, and therefore has excellent performance in all kinds of indoor environments and outdoor environments without direct sunlight exposure.

RPLIDAR A2 360° Laser Scanner

Squishy Circuits Lite Kit

The Squishy Circuits Lite Kit uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way. There’s no need for breadboards or soldering – just add batteries and our pre-made doughs (or make your own dough with the provided recipes). Let your creations come to life as you light them up with LEDs, make noises with buzzers, and spin with the motor.This is the most basic kit and includes everything that you need to make your first Squishy Circuits light up quickly and easily.

Squishy Circuits Lite Kit

*conditions apply – please see our website for minimum order value for free shipping, and requirements for same-day shipping

           
Categories: Robotics News

Black Friday 2017 – Featured Deals

GoRobotics - 20 November, 2017 - 16:51

All of our teams are getting ready to break records this year. With discounts up to 99% on a vast range of products, free same-day shipping*, and hassle-free returns, this Black Friday 2017 promises to be the best we’ve ever done.

Take a first look at some of our favorite deals coming at the end of the week below, and make sure you don’t miss them! Add a reminder to your calendar, or RSVP to our Facebook event to get exclusive tips and notifications for the best deals.

Professor Einstein WiFi Enabled Talking Robot

Hello – I am Professor Einstein WiFi Enabled Talking Robot! I have inherited the famous Albert Einstein’s intelligence and science know-how so that you can explore the world through my eyes. Bring me home and get on your personal path to genius! I am an amazingly expressive and playful robot who trains your brain and teaches you science.

Professor Einstein WiFi Enabled Talking Robot

Now $159.99 – Was $199 (20% off)

DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot

The DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot (Basic Kit) is a versatile mobile robot tank based on the popular Arduino Uno R3 USB Microcontroller microcontroller. The Rover uses the popular Tamiya twin-motor gearbox and the Tamiya track and wheel set. The DFRobotShop Rover PCB incorporates a standard Arduino Uno (surface mount ATMega328), L293B motor driver (connected to pins 5 to 8), voltage regulator and prototyping area while contributing to the mechanical structure of the robot. The onboard voltage regulator allows the entire board to be powered using as little as 3.7V to ~9V*.

DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot

Now $58.99 – Was $89.99 (34% off)

E-Blox Circuit Builder 115 Set

Great addition to any STEM program. Learn all about electricity, current, and voltage. Play song and sounds while lights flash and a fan spins. Compatible with other building brick sets

E-Blox Circuit Builder 115 Set

Now $22.49 – Was $29.99 (25% off)

Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot (Black)

The Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot (Black) is a fully automated, safe and easy to use Grillbot. It is the world’s first automatic grill cleaning robotic device. Its push-button makes it easy to operate. It does all the heavy scrubbing to rid your grill of grease and grime while you get on with your life. It not only cleans your grill but allows the grill to retain its ongoing flavor. Grillbot takes the work out of it with disposable brushes and three motor power to blast away grime and grease. When finished, Grillbot alerts you with an alarm. With the Grillbot you can save yourself time and energy. It does the tough job of scrubbing and cleaning the grill so you can go ahead and do other things like watching the game or joining the family to play games. Simply put the Grillbot on your grill, press a button and you are done. Grillbot scours grease and caked-on grime leaving your grill like new. Grill cleaning has never been easier.

Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot (Black)

Now $89.95 – Was $89.95 (14% off)

Beagle, Monkey and Cat Robotic Toy Bundle

Beagle, Monkey and Cat Robotic Toy Bundle – Cute animals that chatter and walk.

Beagle, Monkey and Cat Robotic Toy Bundle

Now $17.98 – Was $29.97 (40% off)

LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit

With the LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit, kids can create their own custom Droid™ and bring it to life! Using littleBits electronic blocks and the free Droid Inventor app, they’ll teach their R2 Unit new tricks and take it on 16+ missions. Then kids can level-up their inventor expertise and reconfigure their Droid to give it new skills, or design any Droid they can dream up. The kit comes with everything kids need to create and customize their R2 Unit straight out of the box. Initial assembly is easy with step-by-step instructions to create their Droid and control it in Drive Mode, Self-Nav, Force™ Mode, and more. After mastering their Droid Inventor skills, kids continue on to challenges that spark creativity and get them inventing brand-new Droids.

LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit

Now $80 – Was $99.99 (20% off)

Litter-Robot III Open Air Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box w/ 1-Year Extended Warranty (Canada only)

The Litter-Robot III Open Air Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box w/ 1-Year Extended Warranty makes cat ownership easier every day. It is the first major revision to the highly successful Litter-Robot platform. The larger, more ergonomic entry and litter chamber along with the new self-adjusting cat sensor accommodates all cats, large and small. It sifts clumps and waste out of the litter seven minutes after a cat uses it and drops the waste into a receptacle drawer for easy disposal.

Litter-Robot III Open Air Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box w/ 1-Year Extended Warranty

Now $449.99 – Extended Warranty offered for free

 

Clocky Robot Alarm Clock – Black

This Clocky Robot Alarm Clock runs away and hides when you don’t wake up. Clocky gives you one chance to get up. But if you snooze, Clocky will jump off of your nightstand and wheel around your room looking for a place to hide. Clocky is kind of like a misbehaving pet, only he will get up at the right time. It is also available in Clocky Robot Alarm Clock – Aqua, Almond, Raspberry, and Coco.

Clocky Robot Alarm Clock – Black

Now $26.98 – Was $34.99 (23% off)

LIDAR-Lite 3 Laser Rangefinder

The LIDAR-Lite 3 Laser Rangefinder by Garmin is an essential, powerful, scalable and economical laser-based measurement solution supporting a wide variety of applications (ex. drones, general robotics, industrial sensing and more). Measures distance, velocity and signal strength of cooperative and non-cooperative targets at distances from zero to more than 40 meters. Offering the highest performance available in a single beam ranging sensor in its class.

LIDAR-Lite 3 Laser Rangefinder

Now $110.99 – Was $149.59 (25.805% off)

Quirkbot Robot Kit

The Quirkbot Robot Kit is a little character you can program and construct into different shapes and forms. Connect Strawbees, motors, LEDs, and sensors to make your own creatures! It’s a fun and easy way to the inspiring world of physical programming, electronics and mechanics for kids, grown-ups and educators.

Quirkbot Robot Kit

Now $94.99 – Was $119 (20.18% off)

RPLIDAR A2 360° Laser Scanner

The RPLIDAR A2 360° Laser Scanner is the next generation of 360 degrees 2D lidars. The RPLIDAR A2 adopts low-cost laser triangulation measurement system developed by SLAMTEC, and therefore has excellent performance in all kinds of indoor environments and outdoor environments without direct sunlight exposure.

RPLIDAR A2 360° Laser Scanner

Now $379 – Was $449 (16% off)

Squishy Circuits Lite Kit

The Squishy Circuits Lite Kit uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way. There’s no need for breadboards or soldering – just add batteries and our pre-made doughs (or make your own dough with the provided recipes). Let your creations come to life as you light them up with LEDs, make noises with buzzers, and spin with the motor.This is the most basic kit and includes everything that you need to make your first Squishy Circuits light up quickly and easily.

Squishy Circuits Lite Kit

Now $8.5 – Was $10 (15% off)

*conditions apply – please see our website for minimum order value for free shipping, and requirements for same-day shipping

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Categories: Robotics News

Watch Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot nail a backflip

Robots@Engadget - 17 November, 2017 - 14:02

We've grown accustomed to seeing Boston Dynamics' impressive line-up of robots strutting about in periodic video updates, each more terrifying than the last. But, every once in a while, the company unleashes a clip so awesome you can't help but watch. And, so it is with its latest vid starring the humanoid machine known as Atlas. You know, the poor bot that's been toiling away for years, in between tethered walks and prods from its human trainers. The 5-foot 9-inch robot is currently lighter and more agile than ever (thanks to last year's upgrade), and now it's gone all Jackie Chan for a backflip.

Source: Boston Dynamics (YouTube)

Categories: Robotics News

Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017

GoRobotics - 17 November, 2017 - 13:23

With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best robots for your kids of all ages.

Don’t forget to check out our other Gift GuidesTop 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017.

Kids love robots. They love how interactive they are. Parents love how educative they are. It’s a great entertaining gift for family and friends alike. From robot pets for children, to robot kits to assemble, or robots to program. Discover our selection below.

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#1 – Hatchimals Surprise – Giraven

Hatchimals Surprise – Giraven are finally here and they have an unEGG-spected treat in store for you! For the first time ever, you can hatch TWO adorable Hatchimals! These loveable twins are hidden inside a magical speckled egg. Use your love and care to help them hatch! Hold and play with your egg and the Hatchimals inside will make delightful sounds that tell you how they feel! When its time to hatch, you’ll see rainbow eyes!

The best robot toy companion

Our team’s verdict: Hatchimals were the top-selling toys for the Holidays in 2016 and are beloved companions.

#2 – Baby Persian Cat Robotic Toy

The Baby Persian Cat Robotic Toy is a cute little cat that chatters, walks and speed walk around. This Teeny Friend is ideal for kids.

The best robot pet on a budget

Our team’s verdict: This cute little robot is an adorable pet. All the family will adopt it in a blink of an eye.

#3 – Techno Gears Kit – Bionic Bug

Kids love to construct and the Techno Gears Kit – Bionic Bug is the perfect way to encourage them to build. With its 80 colorful construction pieces, powerful motor and more, this kit includes everything.

The best robot to assemble for young kids

Our team’s verdict: This extremely complete kit is a great way for kids to build their first robot

#4 – Code & Go Programmable Robot Mouse

The Code & Go Programmable Robot Mouse is ready to follow commands to teach hands-on coding concepts! Create a step-by-step path for Jack using the 30 double-sided coding cards to provide the perfect introduction to coding concepts. Jack lights up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds and colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing.

The best programmable robot for kids

Our team’s verdict: This colorful and fun mouse is the best way to initiate kids to programming

#5 – Clocky Robotic Alarm Clock – Chrome

Have you ever asked yourself why your alarm clock does such a terrible job of getting you up? Introducing the Nanda Clocky Robotic Alarm Clock a combination of quality materials and a unique design that has been described as hip, classic and amusing that will change the way you wake up! The Nanda Clocky Robotic Alarm Clock runs away and hides when you don’t wake up. Clocky gives you one chance to get up. But if you snooze, Clocky will jump off of your nightstand and wheel around your room looking for a place to hide. Clocky is kind of like a misbehaving pet, only he will get up at the right time.

The best robot to wake up kids

Our team’s verdict: If your kids (or other family members) have trouble getting out of bed, this robot will change your life. They won’t have any other choice than getting out of bed to snooze it.

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Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to check out our other Gift GuidesTop 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

           
Categories: Robotics News

Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017

GoRobotics - 17 November, 2017 - 13:23

With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best robots for your kids of all ages.

Don’t forget to check out our other Gift GuidesTop 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017.

Kids love robots. They love how interactive they are. Parents love how educative they are. It’s a great entertaining gift for family and friends alike. From robot pets for children, to robot kits to assemble, or robots to program. Discover our selection below.

_____________________________________

#1 – Hatchimals Surprise – Giraven

Hatchimals Surprise – Giraven are finally here and they have an unEGG-spected treat in store for you! For the first time ever, you can hatch TWO adorable Hatchimals! These loveable twins are hidden inside a magical speckled egg. Use your love and care to help them hatch! Hold and play with your egg and the Hatchimals inside will make delightful sounds that tell you how they feel! When its time to hatch, you’ll see rainbow eyes!

The best robot toy companion

Our team’s verdict: Hatchimals were the top-selling toys for the Holidays in 2016 and are beloved companions.

#2 – Baby Persian Cat Robotic Toy

The Baby Persian Cat Robotic Toy is a cute little cat that chatters, walks and speed walk around. This Teeny Friend is ideal for kids.

The best robot pet on a budget

Our team’s verdict: This cute little robot is an adorable pet. All the family will adopt it in a blink of an eye.

#3 – Techno Gears Kit – Bionic Bug

Kids love to construct and the Techno Gears Kit – Bionic Bug is the perfect way to encourage them to build. With its 80 colorful construction pieces, powerful motor and more, this kit includes everything.

The best robot to assemble for young kids

Our team’s verdict: This extremely complete kit is a great way for kids to build their first robot

#4 – Code & Go Programmable Robot Mouse

The Code & Go Programmable Robot Mouse is ready to follow commands to teach hands-on coding concepts! Create a step-by-step path for Jack using the 30 double-sided coding cards to provide the perfect introduction to coding concepts. Jack lights up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds and colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing.

The best programmable robot for kids

Our team’s verdict: This colorful and fun mouse is the best way to initiate kids to programming

#5 – Clocky Robotic Alarm Clock – Chrome

Have you ever asked yourself why your alarm clock does such a terrible job of getting you up? Introducing the Nanda Clocky Robotic Alarm Clock a combination of quality materials and a unique design that has been described as hip, classic and amusing that will change the way you wake up! The Nanda Clocky Robotic Alarm Clock runs away and hides when you don’t wake up. Clocky gives you one chance to get up. But if you snooze, Clocky will jump off of your nightstand and wheel around your room looking for a place to hide. Clocky is kind of like a misbehaving pet, only he will get up at the right time.

The best robot to wake up kids

Our team’s verdict: If your kids (or other family members) have trouble getting out of bed, this robot will change your life. They won’t have any other choice than getting out of bed to snooze it.

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Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to check out our other Gift GuidesTop 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

           
Categories: Robotics News

Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017

GoRobotics - 17 November, 2017 - 13:23

With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best robots toys.

Don’t forget to check out our other Gift GuidesTop 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

Robot Toys are amazing products. They’re entertaining and educative. They offer countless hours of amusement thanks to their interactivity and their limitless world of possibilities. If you’re looking for fun and higly addictive toys for people of all ages, entertainment robot toys are a great gift to offer this year. If you’re looking for toys more on the educative side, don’t forget to check our other guide dedicated to educative robots for school.

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#1 – Ozobot 2.0 Bit Starter Pack

The Ozobot 2.0 Bit Starter Pack (Cool Blue) blends coding and creativity in endless fun experiences. Bit uses optical sensors to read lines and OzoCodes—short color code sequences—that you draw with markers and paper. Use OzoCodes to command the bot to speed up, slow down, spin and more to complete mazes and challenges. The Starter Pack includes all of the necessary tools to ignite imaginations in ages 6 and up. Whatever your child can dream up, Ozobot Bit can do!

The best robot toy to learn with

Our team’s verdict: The Ozobot has been a best-selling product for years and has amazed thousands of kids (and adults). The only limit with Ozobot is your imagination.

#2 – Electromagnet Train Magnetic Levitation Express Kit

The Electromagnet Train Magnetic Levitation Express Kit uses magnetic levitation technology. Electromagnets, propulsion magnets, and levitation magnets are used to create propulsion. These scientifically placed magnetic strips are built in the side of guide-way (included) to allow the Magnetic Levitation Express to hover stably and run smoothly at high speeds.

The best electric train

Our team’s verdict: A couple of decades ago, electric trains were one of the most entertaining toys. They might get that title back with this electromagnetic train.

#3 – Meccano M.A.X Interactive Robot Toy

From the internationally renowned maker of robotics, building sets arises a new model of impressive proportions. Unlike anything else Meccano has created, the Meccano M.A.X Interactive Robot Toy combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) with customizable programming. The result is a one-of-a-kind robot of your own creation! Budding engineers, innovators, and creators can expand their knowledge of programming as they personalize this robot to their specifications.

The best robot to become friend with

Our team’s verdict: This programmable robot from Meccano offers Artificial Intelligence and customizable programming for limitless interactions and purposes.

#4 – My First Robot Educational Kit

The My First Robot Educational Kit includes a Powerbrain – the brain of your robot sends all energy and data, a double motor module for extra speed and super quick moves, two brick adapters to combine your Tinkerbots with LEGO or other building systems and various bricks to give your candy-inventor their special personality. The Powerbrain contains a Lithium-Ion battery which fully recharges within an hour for many hours of playtime. Download My First Robot Manual.

The best robot toy to discover robotics

Our team’s verdict: This cute little robot (which will undoubtedly remind you of Wall-E) is a great way to discover robotics, and its compatibility with Lego products offers a boundless world of possibilities.

#5 – Lunar Launch Roller Coaster K’NEX Building Set

The Lunar Launch Roller Coaster K’NEX Building Set Building Set from K’NEX is a massive, moving, motorized roller coaster toys for hours of exhilarating fun! Fulfill your child’s dream of a space adventure with this building set that features planet-themed graphics! Let your builders experience a one-of-a-kind playtime while they learn with this educational construction toy!

The best miniature rollercoaster

Our team’s verdict: Building your own roller coaster at home? We think that’s enough said. The only question is: are you getting this a gift for a kid, or for the kid inside of you?

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Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to check out our other Gift GuidesTop 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

           
Categories: Robotics News

Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017

GoRobotics - 17 November, 2017 - 13:23

With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best robots toys.

Don’t forget to check out our other Gift GuidesTop 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

Robot Toys are amazing products. They’re entertaining and educative. They offer countless hours of amusement thanks to their interactivity and their limitless world of possibilities. If you’re looking for fun and higly addictive toys for people of all ages, entertainment robot toys are a great gift to offer this year. If you’re looking for toys more on the educative side, don’t forget to check our other guide dedicated to educative robots for school.

_____________________________________

#1 – Ozobot 2.0 Bit Starter Pack

The Ozobot 2.0 Bit Starter Pack (Cool Blue) blends coding and creativity in endless fun experiences. Bit uses optical sensors to read lines and OzoCodes—short color code sequences—that you draw with markers and paper. Use OzoCodes to command the bot to speed up, slow down, spin and more to complete mazes and challenges. The Starter Pack includes all of the necessary tools to ignite imaginations in ages 6 and up. Whatever your child can dream up, Ozobot Bit can do!

The best robot toy to learn with

Our team’s verdict: The Ozobot has been a best-selling product for years and has amazed thousands of kids (and adults). The only limit with Ozobot is your imagination.

#2 – Electromagnet Train Magnetic Levitation Express Kit

The Electromagnet Train Magnetic Levitation Express Kit uses magnetic levitation technology. Electromagnets, propulsion magnets, and levitation magnets are used to create propulsion. These scientifically placed magnetic strips are built in the side of guide-way (included) to allow the Magnetic Levitation Express to hover stably and run smoothly at high speeds.

The best electric train

Our team’s verdict: A couple of decades ago, electric trains were one of the most entertaining toys. They might get that title back with this electromagnetic train.

#3 – Meccano M.A.X Interactive Robot Toy

From the internationally renowned maker of robotics, building sets arises a new model of impressive proportions. Unlike anything else Meccano has created, the Meccano M.A.X Interactive Robot Toy combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) with customizable programming. The result is a one-of-a-kind robot of your own creation! Budding engineers, innovators, and creators can expand their knowledge of programming as they personalize this robot to their specifications.

The best robot to become friend with

Our team’s verdict: This programmable robot from Meccano offers Artificial Intelligence and customizable programming for limitless interactions and purposes.

#4 – My First Robot Educational Kit

The My First Robot Educational Kit includes a Powerbrain – the brain of your robot sends all energy and data, a double motor module for extra speed and super quick moves, two brick adapters to combine your Tinkerbots with LEGO or other building systems and various bricks to give your candy-inventor their special personality. The Powerbrain contains a Lithium-Ion battery which fully recharges within an hour for many hours of playtime. Download My First Robot Manual.

The best robot toy to discover robotics

Our team’s verdict: This cute little robot (which will undoubtedly remind you of Wall-E) is a great way to discover robotics, and its compatibility with Lego products offers a boundless world of possibilities.

#5 – Lunar Launch Roller Coaster K’NEX Building Set

The Lunar Launch Roller Coaster K’NEX Building Set Building Set from K’NEX is a massive, moving, motorized roller coaster toys for hours of exhilarating fun! Fulfill your child’s dream of a space adventure with this building set that features planet-themed graphics! Let your builders experience a one-of-a-kind playtime while they learn with this educational construction toy!

The best miniature rollercoaster

Our team’s verdict: Building your own roller coaster at home? We think that’s enough said. The only question is: are you getting this a gift for a kid, or for the kid inside of you?

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Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to check out our other Gift GuidesTop 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

           
Categories: Robotics News

Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017

GoRobotics - 17 November, 2017 - 13:22

With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best robots for school.

Don’t forget to check out our other Gift GuidesTop 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

Robots are a great way to amaze students of all ages. From K12 to University, they’ll offer an interactive and fun way to discover technological concepts. STEMS and robots are among the best ways to engage with your classroom, and we’ve selected for you the 5 best platforms to use. 

Don’t forget to also take a look at our LynxMotion products with Project Lead The Way associated curriculums.

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#1 – MakeBlock mBot v1.1 Blue STEM

The default program of MakeBlock mBot v1.1 Blue STEM Educational Programmable Robot (2.4G) is an all-in-one solution to enjoy the hands-on experience of programming, electronics, and robotics. Working with mBlock inspired by Scratch 2.0, connecting with computers or smart devices via 2.4G (by different version), this easy-to-assemble mBot provides infinite possibilities for you to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

The best robot for schools

Our team’s verdict: The mBot is a great learning tool that has already inspired thousands of students. It offers a complete solution to initiate pupils to robotics.

#2 – Wonder Workshop Cue Robot – Onyx

Powered by breakthrough Emotive AI, Wonder Workshop Cue Robot – Onyx is a witty robot with attitude! Share your world on cue as it talks, texts, and laughs with you. Games and challenges make programming your own interactive experiences fun for any skill level. Choose your favorite avatar and explore an amazing depth of personality, expressions, and actions.

The most expressive robot for schools

Our team’s verdict: This robot is one of the most expressive and interactive and offers hours of fun and learning.

#3 – Wireless Thymio Educational Robot

The Thymio Educational Robot is a small mobile robot which can be defined as well as an educational tool as a toy. Its goal is to allow the general public to discover the fascinating worlds of robots and technology by programming it and by playing with its numerous functionalities. Thymio comes out of its box already assembled, you can discover it without losing one second!

The best robot to discover the world of programming

Our team’s verdict: The Thymio is an amazing learning platform. It comes already assembled and ready to play with.

#4 – MU SpaceBot Max AI Powered Wooden Robot

The MU SpaceBot Max AI Powered Wooden Robot (Orange) can be built with a robot building kit.MU SpaceBot can talk with you, or play music with you. Currently, it supports three playing modes: talking, music, and programming mode. Please watch the video demo about the MU SpaceBot. The MU Bot app (Android version) can be downloaded in Google Play. The iOS version will be available soon.

The best robot (for schools) to interact with a smartphone

Our team’s verdict: This building kit will entertain the younger pupils as well as the older.

#5 – Edison Programmable V2.0 Robot

The Edison Programmable Robot is for students of all ages and also for both beginner and experienced hobbyists. You can buy a single robot and learn computer programming just like other robotics systems which can cost much, much more. Edison is a great resource for teachers as classroom sets are now very affordable for schools – it’s now possible to have one robot per student. Edison is modular and LEGO® compatible. It provides a scalable way to build any size robotic invention.

The best robot (for schools) compatible with Lego products

Our team’s verdict: Not only this robot is programmable but it can also be used with Lego products. Let your students unleash their creativity and build incredible constructions that can move around.

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Looking for more inspiration? Don’t forget to check out our other Gift GuidesTop 5 Best Robots for your Home 2017Top 5 Best Robots for School 2017Top 5 Best Robots Toys 2017, and Top 5 Best Robots for Kids 2017.

           
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