We’re big fans of RobotGrrl around here, and one of her current projects is these totally cool, totally DIY-able interactive robotic birds called RoboBrrds. If you’ve always wanted to throw yourself bodily into the world of Arduino-powered DIY robotics, this is a great way to go.
If you like what you see, you can build your very own RoboBrrd thanks to this exhaustively awesome Instructable here, and you can also find details over on Make: Projects. It’ll take maybe a week’s worth of on-and-off work, you’ll likely need to order some electronics (and possibly some extra popsicles), and if you don’t know how to solder, well, here’s a great excuse to learn! YEAH!
Once you get your very own RoboBrrd up and running (or even if you don’t), you can share it with the world (or at least with fellow robotics geeks) every Thursday night at 8pm EST through a Google+ video hangout. AND, you should remember that RobotGrrl is doing all of this out of the goodness of her (robotic?) heart, and there’s a handy little donate button on her website should you wish to help inspire future generations of roboticists.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.