This list of "Frequently Asked Questions" is a great starting place for
new robot builders and enthusiasts to learn more about this exciting hobby.
The official robotics FAQ is a larger, more comprehensive listing of indexed
information on robots, microcontrollers, manufacturers, contests, development
environments, and more.
|Robot Clubs and
Seattle Robotics Society
The Seattle Robotics Society is one of the oldest and most respected robot
"clubs" in the world. The website has some great information for robot builders.
Dallas Personal Robotics Group
The DPRG is an amazing bunch of robot builders and enthusiasts in the Dallas area.
The Robot Group
Another group in Texas that has been responsible for some pretty remarkable robots.
Cye is the most capable and least expensive home robot you can buy. This amazing
'bot can navigate to any room in your home or office, and will automatically find and dock
with a charger when his battery is running low.
Systems (Carebot) (Link is dead)
The Carebot is a large, wheeled robot with a scanning sonar sensor. Like Cye
it uses a radio link to your home computer.
Robotics (RB5X educational robot)
The RB5X is primarily used by High Schools and Universities to teach about robotics
and robot programming. It is rather expensive ($3500.00) so not many are sold as
Arrick Robotics (Trilobot)
The Trilobot has a dizzying array of sensors: sonar, temperature, tilt, digital
compass, moisture, touch, and more.
This site is a virtual museum of home robots! (Most are no longer sold.)
A home robot from the makers of the Pioneer research robot line.
Homepage for a new robot that can be connected to the Internet. This robot
can even climb stairs!
Makers of the RL500 "RoboMow" robotic lawnmower.
This is a great way for beginners to get started. Surprisingly, there are as
many adults building robots with this set as kids. Do a search for
"Mindstorms" and you will find countless links to sensors, programming
Primary retailer for excellent line of Talrik robots and kits.
This online manufacturer sells robot kits ranging from wheeled bases, to
Roger Arrick and his company sell the sensor rich "Trilobot" and a great
robot killed called the "ARobot".
(The Robot Store)
Great online reseller offering everything from pre-built robots to robot
This retailer focuses on BEAM robot kits. (BEAM robots are traditionally
solar powered and do not include microcontrollers.)
This online book seller publishes "Mobile Robots: From Inspiration to
Implementation" which is sure to be found in nearly every robot builders library.
This online community supports the Rug Warrior Pro. A great resource!
Publishers of the Palm Pilot Robot kit, as well as lots of robot equipment and
|Cool Robots and
Amazing Humanoid Robot
Though it will never be used in the home, this "android" is an amazing
display of mechanics, electronics, and programming.
Over 100 home-built robots are on display here.
Alan McDonley's Page
Alan has some cool information about robots on his website.
NEC R100 Robot
This cool robot from Japan (not available yet) can talk, recognize faces, turn
on/off appliances and more!