TechEblog had a pointer to this great video of a robotic puppy that someone had put together using a couple of Nokia 770 PDAs and an educational robotics kit.
What really caught my eye on the video, beyond the oh-so-pathetic doggie graphics on the screen, was how complex the movements were, and how high-torque the servo motors were. So I tracked down the source of the kit and found a treasure trove for the aspiring roboticist at very reasonable prices. Check out the Robotis Web site.
The Bioloid educational robotics kits are some of the best in the business, and genuinely useful for some real robot hacking.
All sorts of Robots are possible.
There is even a programming environment with movement training and image processing capabilities accessible through code written in C.
Here’s a photo of the expert kit:
I wish they had one of these suckers when I was a little sprout.