We are just as worried about where this is heading as you are. Is Arduino going to be around in a year? We believe the community will never die but we’re nervous about the hardware. Hardware is hard and spinning up contract manufacturers takes considerable effort and time – Nathan Seidle, SparkFun.
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.