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Make: Volume 55 is all about DIY robots. Those who take this on will find that bot building is more accessible than ever. Motors, sensors, and hardware controllers are easy and cheap to acquire, and offer incredible power. Programming software can be as simple as dragging blocks of code in a graphical interface — and even the advanced, custom options like Robot Operating System use protocols that are easy to use. If you’re simply looking to get a kit that contains everything you need for a certain type of robot, the options are now nearly boundless. We scratch the surface with our overview of kit products that are great for makers ­— check them out to figure out what will suit your needs best. If you’re looking for a challenge beyond kits, check out the Chip-E project, and the companion balance bot EddiePlus. Looking to use Lego? Take a look at the TrotBot and the Color-Sensing Sound Sequencer for ways to get started using this platform.

Watch Us Build Eddie, the Self Balancing Robot

Watch Us Build Eddie, the Self Balancing Robot

Watch as Tyler builds this cute balancing bot on the live stream.

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Which Robotics Kit Is Right for You?

Which Robotics Kit Is Right for You?

There is no such thing as the best kit, just the one most suitable for your purposes. Check out our recommendations for humanoid kits, tracked kits, and more.

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8 Projects to Inspire Your Next Science Fair Experiment

Fun projects to spark your ideas for this year’s science fair

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Learn the Double-Stitch Technique to Handsew Leather

Learn the Double-Stitch Technique to Handsew Leather

This basic technique will propel you toward custom leather tool coverings, bags, apparel, and more.

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