Need A Robot Kit For 14 Year Old

My son is 14 years old and we are looking for a reasonably priced
robot kit (say $100 - $200).
He says he does not just want to put the thing together but he wants a
kit that allows him to "program" the robot.
He is very interested in robotics but is basically a beginner. He can
program a computer
in C++ and he can handle a soldering iron.
Thanks!
Reply to
Jack Rabbit
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You should check out the new Scribbler Robot from Parallax.
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It's really easy to use, powerful and a great deal at only $100
-RF
Reply to
Robot Fan
Check out the Boe Bot..
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very programmable...all kinds of experiments can be done with it. They also have a USB version.
Received an email from Parallax yesterday and they are giving away a Scribbler with every Serial Boe Bot...good deal (unless you need a USB version of the Boe Bot).
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Win
Reply to
Win Heagy
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Expandable, very programmable...all kinds of experiments can be done with
I second Win's recommendation. IMHO, the Boe Bot is the way to go! I have two of them little guys, sweet. As Win said, you get a free scribbler robot with it's purchase (serial port only with the offer).
Lots of fun and learning...
Reply to
G-Dawg
ChiBots has a beginners kit available that would be appropriate:
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Reply to
catman
While you got some really good replys, You might check out the Lego Mindstorms. Some may think it is to much of a toy but there is a lot of online support and information about the kit (Mostly from hobbists).
While I think it is a bit costly for what the programable brick is, it still has a lot to offer.
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For $226.00 you can get a kit and good starter graphical programing enviornment (Robolab).
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Then there are other free programming environments like NQC (Not Quite C, a C like programming language), Lejos (Java based), etc.
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Other resources for Mindstorms:
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Add on hardware for Mindstorms (Mind sensors);
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Good luck.
Scott
Reply to
Scott Willis

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