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ez robot image 2 The Gift of Bot

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 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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