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EZ-Robot, Maker Shed, $235

Another Shed offering I plugged in my first guide. If I were buying for someone who’s already a bot enthusiast, I would likely get them this well-sourced, easy to use robot development kit with a great software interface and features you’d expect to see in a kit costing thousands not hundreds of dollars. And I really like the emphasis on turning existing toys and devices into real robots, like the Wall-E toy turned into a robot seen above. There’s also an active user community of EZ-Robot builders, which is always a nice gift to give, too.

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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