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Tiny Wanderer Kit, $160

The Tiny Wanderer from MAKE is another great entry-level kit for someone getting serious about building bots. The Tiny was originally developed by the Dallas Personal Robotics Group as a training robot. It uses the AVR ATTiny microprocessor as its brain and employs “state machines” (a key concept to understand in simple behavior-based robotics) to orchestrate its behavior. It makes a great line-following or edge-detecting robot.

We also sell a Tiny Wanderer Parts Pack ($99) for those who’d rather build their own platform.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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