“..The popular image of robotics research involves big budgets, state-of-the-art technology and the latest materials.
But in fact, a lot of cutting-edge research is done on the cheap, using things you probably have around the house.
Coming up with ways to build simple, inexpensive prototypes makes it possible for researchers try lots of variations quickly and easily.
Once perfected, these designs can be applied to more complex machines – although some researchers are looking into low-tech robots as an end in themselves!
Having spent the last year working on a kids’ book of simple robotics projects – I’ve been fascinated to discover how many robotics innovators are using everyday crafts materials and basic components in their work.
When I started, I despaired of finding “cardboard-and-duct tape” type projects that kids would still find impressive.
Boy, was I wrong!
With just a little tweaking and substitution, I was able to adapt many of these real experimental robots into projects kids can readily do at home.
Here are a few I found particularly inspiring:..”
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