It’s amazing what you can create when you pair a few spare parts lying around with an inventive imagination. In this instance, these ingredients gave birth to BeagleBot – a small test robot for localization algorithms! BeagleBot’s creator Nathaniel Lewis was hooked on robot localization after seeming demos of SLAM at home brew robotics society meetings, along with people using Kinects as cheap lidars. To create this own test platform to learn about these algorithms, Lewis took parts he had laying around his house, along with a replacement Neato Lidar he found online and built BeagleBot!
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.