Robotics
Sumovore Mini-Sumo Robotics Platform

This is one of the most satisfying kits I’ve ever built, and the Sumovore it creates will be eligible for official RoboGames Mini-Sumo competitions, in which robots vie to push each other out of the ring.

This is not a project for beginners, but thanks to clear documentation and well-organized components, anyone with moderate soldering skills and sufficient patience shouldn’t have much trouble. It ships with analog “discrete brain” circuitry, but “brainboard” kits let you add popular microcontrollers.

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance 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 to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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