Top 10 Arduino Robot Kits for Adults
2016-08-08

In today’s world, technology has gone into the next level and keep progressing in just a blink of an eye. Technology helps our work easier, faster and sufficient. When it comes to age, technology has no age required and category to choose from. Technology is for babies, kids, teenagers, moms, dads, students, workers, adults or more to say, it is for everyone.

When you were a child back then, aren’t you a fan of robot? A thing that moves and have its purpose at the same time is surely fascinating. An Arduino is designed in creating interactive objects or environments. It comes with a number of project examples that you can easily replicate, and a powerful robotics platform that you can program to perform all sorts of tasks. So if you are a fan or robot, it is never too late for you with these “Top 10 Arduino Robot Kits for Adults” that even beginners and experts can learn the electronics, mechanics and software of it.

1.Makeblock Ultimate Robot Kit-Blue

The name speaks for itself because it is the Ultimate Robot Kit that has everything you need to construct a robot and you can build more than 10 robots with this Kit. If you are not good in soldering, it is highly recommended for you since it is easy wiring and no soldering required. What more is that it has a Bluetooth connection that lets you control the robot with your smartphone or tablet. It is recommended for beginners and experts because of the Smart Device App Control (Free of Coding), Scratch Programming (Graphical programming tool suitable for your kids) and its Arduino Programming

There is also a step-by-step tutorial on building robots and project using the Makeblock in https://grabcad.com/makeblock-1/projects if you are a beginner.

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2.Bioloid STEM Standard Kit

The Bioloid STEM is a kit that has 7 example robots and 21 weeks’ educational material. It is recommended since the STEM standard teaches from basic to advance levels on the electronic, mechanical and programming principles of your robot. By using this kit, centrifugal force, centripetal force, sound, differential gear, steering mechanisms and other more principles will be discussed. This kit is not just recommended by adults but also for students since it has a complete training program that will help you if you are just starting into robotics.

3.Alum Alloy Hexapod Spider for Arduino Six 3DOF Legs Robot Frame Kit Matt Spray

Hexapod Spider robot is common for Arduino but what makes the Alum Alloy Hexapod Spider for Arduino kit different from them is that it is natural looking and has more articulate leg and body design that just looks like a spider since it could move in all direction because of its DOF Leg (Degree of Freedom Leg). It comes from two different colors, black and silver. You only need batteries to power it and you could easily start making your very first robot project.

4.SunFounder Crawling Quadruped Robot DIY Kit for ArduinoPart with Nano Board Remote Control

This Crawling Quadruped Robot kit for Arduino includes everything you need to build a crawling quadruped robot w and control it with a wireless remote control. 18650 rechargeable lithium battery is all you need to power it, it's a four-leg mobile robot and each leg has three joints driven by servos. Using the remote controller included in the kit, you can easily observe and control the robot remotely with the sample sketches provided to robot move forward, backward, left, and right, dance or other more movements. The kit uses the SunFounder Nano board as control. A SunFounder Servo Control Board integrates battery, servo, Nano board, and nRF24l01 wireless module together. This kit is equipped with a SunFounder Mobile Robot Remote Controller so that you can observe and control the robot remotely. It is recommended for small type of projects.

5.Official Arduino Robot Kit

The list will not be completed without the Official Arduino Robot Kit. It is used without soldering required. It easy to use, just pop in the included color LCD screen, load up the Arduino IDE, plug in the USB cable, and you'll be ready to load any one of the included example programs. The robot comes with a number of integrated inputs; two potentiometers, five buttons, a digital compass, five floor sensors, and an SD card reader. It also has a speaker, two motors, and a color screen as outputs, and plenty of prototyping space and TinkerKit connectors for expansion. It even includes 4 rechargeable AA batteries and a charger.

6.RobotGeek Snapper Core Arduino Robot Arm

This is perfect for everyone who is just starting with the field of robotics. The RobotGeek Snapper Core Arduino Robot Arm set includes 120mm Slewing Bearing, RobotGeek 180 degree servos, a FS90 Micro Servo (for the gripper), and all the necessary brackets, mounts, body parts, nuts, bolts, and wires for the robot arm. What more good with this is that it can be modified and be upgraded for your projects. It can be easily removed and mounted onto other RobotGeek plates since it is built in 1 X1cm grid pattern. The kit does not have Arduino board or any controls and must be bought separately.

7.DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Trackeds Robot

The DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot (XBee Kit) is a versatile, programmable robot tank kit. The Rover uses the popular Tamiya twin motor gearbox and the Tamiya track and wheel set. It is based on ATMEGA328 surface mount chip (Uno design) and L298P H Bridge. It has also a solder prototyping area and an easy connection to DFRRobot Bluetooth. It has also an effect of 6x Blue LEDs around its board and 4x LEDs to indicate motor direction. The kit also includes 2x XBee transceiver modules and XBee-USB but XBee headers need to be soldered.

8.Zumo Robot Kit V 1.2

The Zumo robot for Arduino is an Arduino-controllable tracked robot platform that includes two micro metal gear motors coupled to a pair of silicone tracks, a stainless steel bulldozer-style blade, an array of six infrared reflectance sensors for line following or edge detection, a buzzer for simple sounds and music, a 3-axis accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyro for detecting impacts and tracking orientation.

This kit contains most of the parts you need to build an Arduino-controlled Zumo robot. It consists of a Zumo Shield for Arduino, v1.2, a Zumo chassis kit, and a Zumo blade. You will also need a pair of micro metal gearmotors, four AA batteries, and an A-Star 32U4 Prime or Arduino to complete your Zumo robot but motors, batteries, and Arduino is not included in the kit and must be bought separately.

9.SainSmart Mega 2560 4WD Mobile Car Robot Kit for Arduino

This kit enables the user to easily learn the basics of robotics and applications of the Arduino. It has the SainSmart MEGA 2560 Board that contains all you need for the microcontroller that can be connected to a computer with a USB cable or power it with a AC-to-DC adapter or battery. It also contains the Arduino Sensor Shield that allows you to connect to various modules like sensors, servos, relays, buttons, potentiometers and other components. This kit is recommendable for people who are fond of remote-controlled cars, you can also modify it by adding components like sensors or even webcams.

10.Robotic Shield with Arduino

The Robotics Shield Kit is recommendable for hobbyist and all ages because it is beginner friendly and no programming experience needed. Even if you are an Adult or child, you may use it because of its online tutorial that includes 40 activities. The newest feature is the Arduino Uno and a programming cable. The robot kit is solder free with its custom circuits and is powered only with the use of five 1.5 V AA batteries or six 1.2 V rechargeable batteries but these are not included in the set and must be bought separately.

It is totally amazing to have these kits that can help you to build your own robot and program it to carry out a variety of task or actions. Some kits have its own tutorials that even a beginner or an expert can understand. Kits like Alum Alloy Hexapod Spider for Arduino Six 3DOF Legs Robot Frame Kit, SunFounder Crawling Quadruped Robot DIY Kit and SainSmart Mega 2560 4WD Mobile Car Robot Kit carries a specific task or the robot stays as it is because of the limited parts it has. Most of the kits provide convenience since some of it is solder free and can easily be programed. There are also kits that lets you enhance your creativity and productivity like the Biolod STEM Standard Kit that lets you create 7 different robots with the same kit. To sum it all, the MakeBlock Ultimate-Blue make it to the top because it is the ultimate kit and has all the components you need if you are trying to construct your very own robot. It is also worth the price because you can make more than 10 different robots with this kit. It is never too late for beginners to build a robot with these kits and surely experts would also love these kits.