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Robot Archaeology: Personal Robots #Robots @NintendoAmerica @RadioShack

Personal Robots, robots made to interact with humans, is the current human time saver. From Alexa and Siri to Roomba and Drinkbots. But where have these robots come from? Let’s look back in time to see some of the history of Personal Robots to help us appreciate the bright future we’re heading into.

In past Robot Archaeology posts, we’ve seen the Turtle bots from the 1970s and the evolution into consumer electronics. The 1980s came up with some pretty creative robots from Radio Shack, Mattel, and more. Even Nintendo had a cute robot named R.O.B. (upper left)

Robots of the 1980s

What do these robots have in common? Mid-price range, available at toy stores or Radio Shack et al. Educational, personal service, and fun.

Today, Personal Robots are coming back with some modern electronics and flair. The Sphero robots, including BB-8 from Star Wars and the new Misty robot and Temi.

Modern Robots

Where are Personal Robots going? Only time will tell but there are groups like the Institute for Personal Robots in Education and many companies like Boston Dynamics looking into things.

How can someone look into making their own Personal Robots? A great start is with the upcoming Adafruit Crickit robotics board. Move motors and servos, add sound and sensors, you build what you want at an affordable price.  It’s never been a better time to get into robotics. #MakeRobotFriend today.

Adafruit Crickit


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.

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