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VEX IQ Robot Kits - Ready To Build A Robot?

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Are you ready to learn how to build a robot? For kids ages 9 & up, the VEX IQ Super robotics kits & LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits are 2 of best robot kits for beginners that you'll want to consider buying. Keep in mind that these robot kits are perfect if you are ready to get into robotics & want to build a lot of robots!! If you like construction toys like LEGO & want to learn how to make them "do" things, robotics is for you. 

As for the Vex IQ Robotics Kit, it is $300 & comes with 850 pieces including 7 sensors, 4 motors, radio controller, & robot brain. For programming the robot, you can use a graphical programming language Modkit or RobotC. This robot kit is generally used in classrooms, robotics clubs, or for VEX robotics competitions. However, you can also teach yourself at home through the free online curriculum & tutorials. Keep in mind that if you're still in elementary school, you may need an adult to help you get started.

Check out this excellent video for a review of the VEX IQ Super Kit:

And in case you need to explain to your parents or teachers what you'll be learning from the VEX IQ robotics program, have your parents or teachers watch this video:

Are you ready to learn how to make a robot? Are you ready for a VEX IQ Kit?

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Batman Trades Batmobile For Robot Dinosaur

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The Miposaur is one awesome robot dinosaur pet! You can train or play with this remote control dinosaur by controlling it through a mobile app on a smart phone or tablet.

Check out this funny video to learn how the Miposaur works AND to see if Batman, Superman, or The Flash keeps the Miposaur: 

Will the Miposaur be on your wishlist this Christmas?

Let us know what you think of this dino robot in the comments below!

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Meet Pepper The Robot, World's First Home Robot

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Pepper The Robot is the world's 1st friendly, personal humanoid robot for your home! His goal is to make you happy by being your friend & having fun with you. He is able to talk a lot... in fact, he likes to talk more than most other robots & enjoys telling jokes to make you laugh. He likes to play games & dance to music too, including pop and classical music. And since he has wheels, he can move around your home too.

Pepper is an emotional robot. He is smarter & more human-like compared to other robots because he understands emotions. He know what emotions you're feeling by listening to your voice & watching your face. He'll know if you are happy or sad, just like a real human. For example, he might play a song for you if you are feeling sad. Over time, Pepper learns more about you just like a human friend would.

Pepper has been very popular in Japan. In June, Pepper robots were sold to the public for the first time. 1000 Pepper robots were sold less in less than 1 minute!! Can you believe that? And he doesn't even have to do chores like washing dishes or cleaning the floors either!

Check out this video to see Pepper The Robot talking on stage about himself & innovation:

 

If you want to bring Pepper to your home, Pepper costs about $1500 & there is also a $200/month subscription fee. While Pepper is more expensive than many other robots, Pepper is actually a good price compared to other robots of his size. In addition, most robots can't do what he can do.

So, is your home ready for Pepper The Robot? Let us know below by leaving us a comment below!

 

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Animals Attack Drones Flying Too Close

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While most drone pilots know that they shouldn't fly their drones too close to animals, some pilots don't do that. These drone pilots hope to get good close-up video of the animals running or flying. But sometimes, the risk isn't worth it when the animals destroy the drones...

Check out this video to watch the drones get attacked by animals:

 

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Trident ROV Swims Underwater Like Fish

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Today, low-cost underwater ROVs (remote-operated vehicles) can only move in one direction at a time:  forward, back, left, right, up, or down. A company called OpenROV hopes to build a new underwater robot kit called the Trident. The Trident will be the first low-cost ROV kit that will be able glide or fly through water in any direction like a fish. OpenROV hopes that Trident will allow scientists, fisherman, & anyone else to explore the ocean in ways that they never have before! 

Watch the prototype of the Trident ROV in action in this video: 

Are you excited about what may be discovered with the Trident underwater ROV? What do you think will be found? Reefs? Shipwrecks? 

Let us know your thoughts about the Trident!

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