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eddie The Gift of Bot
Eddie Robot Platform, $1250
At this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area, the Microsoft Robotics group had Eddies out in force. This is a robot development platform for the serious developer. It’s a base and sensor array to which you add a laptop PC and a Kinect to create very powerful robot applications. It was made to be used with Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio. At the Faire, they had a little army of Eddies performing various tasks. My favorite was one that used facial recognition to latch onto and follow you around to take your picture — a paparazzibot! [Unfortunately, it looks like these are not currently in stock at Parallax. Don’t know if they’re coming back.]

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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