TurtleBot 3

TurtleBot 3
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review of the TurtleBot 3

The Turtlebot3 is another in a long line of high quality robot kits from Robotis. The kit is also a open sourced hardware and software kit which is near and dear to my heart because I am a huge believer in the open approach to robotic development. The main hardware for the robot is the Raspberry Pi running a Ubuntu OS.

What stands out to me about the TurtleBot3 kit.

My un-boxing videos of the Turtlebot3.

My Assembly video of the Turtlebot3.

Review of the Robotis Play 700 OLLO Kit

I have played around with this kit for about a year now and I would have to say that this is one of the coolest robot kits that I have ever worked with and its price is only 89.95! The kit builds on the very successful Robotis Play 600 Pets kit, which in itself is a great intro to robotics kit for young children. Almost all of the parts in the Play 600 and the Play 700 kits or interchangeable. So if you already have the Play 600 kit then you can combine the two kits to give your kid more building capabilities. I have used this kit in the robotics classes I teach during the summer and I have only got positive reviews from the kids in the class. They like the added remote control capability with an IOS device or android device and the ability to program the robot using the Scratch programming language. Which most kids have already tried and used to learn basic programming with. I would suggest that you buy the Robotis Play 600 pets kit first then if you kids like it buy this kit next to give them more to learn about the field of robotics.

Interview of one of my robot workshop students and their first impressions of the Play 700.

Play 700 un-boxing videos.

Below are the three robot examples you can build with the kit.

Review of the Robotis Play 600 Pets Kit

This is a great kit to get kids started in robotics. The parts and the build instructions are design with young kids in mind too. I use the Pets kit in both an introduction to robotics class that I teach monthly and at Maker Faires for a build a robot workshop. At my last Maker Faire in Kansas City we had over 1000 kids build robots with the kit during a two day period. We got hundreds of positive reviews about the kit from both parents and kids alike. Also all 20 plus kits held up well during the weekend. All we had to do was change batteries on a few of the kits!
I have observed in my workshop events that the kit is not just limited to the 7 example robots. There are enough parts in just one kit for kids to experiment with and become creative with the kit.

The kit is recommend for ages 6 and up but I have seen numerous examples of kids ages 4 and 5 having no problems using and building robots with this kit.

So if you want to get your kids interested in robotics then this is the kit for you.

Below are videos of robots that I created using the Play 600 Pets kits.

Video from one of my robotic classes using the Play 600.

Review of the ROBOTIS-MINI

I can’t say enough about this kit! No other humanoid robot can bet its price and performance! I have owned and used this robot for over 3 years now and everyone who sees it falls in love with it. This robot has won me many awards over that last 3 years at Maker Faires as best of show/faire (4 times) and at Robogames for events like robot freestyle (silver and bronze medal winner) and soccer (gold and silver medal winner). What everyone loves the most about this robot is its dance moves as it is a great dancer! It comes with everything you need to build it with including a screwdriver and to program it with. This is also a great kit to start with and as a learning tool before you move on to Robotis’ more advanced humanoid robots like the Bioloid Premium humanoid or ROBOTIS-OP 2. If you are new to robotics or humanoid robots this is a great kit to start with.

Extra tip: Build-a-Bear workshop clothes fit this robot if you want to add personality to your robot!

Below is my ROBOTIS-MINI un-boxing video.

Robotis-mini climbing stairs during Robogames 2017.

My interview of two high school students talking about programming the Robotis-mini at Robogames 2017.

Where you can buy it: Robotis World.  Robotis US. Amazon