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Tin Can Robot, $16

Like the SpinBot, this isn’t really a robot (it does no sensing); it’s a mechanical kit that turns a lowly soda can into a lumbering little robot-looking character. This is a fun gift for a young one (8 or up) who’s fascinated by robots but not ready to dive into actual bot-building and programming.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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