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O-Duster Robotic Floor Cleaner Reviews (2017 Edition)

Initially, I was excited about the idea of writing a few O-Duster robotic floor cleaner reviews for Robot Fanatics. I love it when new cheap home robotics appliances come out.  Most of them are way overpriced. As a DIY robot geek, I can tell you that robot parts are actually super cheap.  Yet, most home robot makers are still trying … Read more…

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Elegoo Review (2017 Edition): Elegoo UNO Smart Robot Car Kit

Every time I check to see what robot makers are up to on YouTube, I see robots that are based on the Elegoo’s Smart Robot Car. comes with everything you need to build a basic autonomous robot car.  Plus, it’s also pretty cheap.  But how well does it really work?  Read this in-depth Elegoo review … Read more…

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What’s the Best Robot Dog? 4 Awesome Robot Mutts (2017 Edition)

What’s the best robot dog toy? If your kids are begging you to bring home a puppy but you really don’t want one, here’s a solution for you: buy them a robot dog instead.  Robot dogs are educational.  Also, they never need to go to the vet.  Plus, they never slobber– and some are actually pretty smart! There are several … Read more…

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What is Vex? Vex IQ vs Lego vs littleBits (2017 Edition)

The answer to the question “What is Vex?” depends on what you’re asking about.  Vex Worlds is the world’s biggest robot tournament.  But the Vex construction set is the robot kit you need to participate in it. What is Vex?  Is Vex better than Lego? The most popular Vex set is Vex IQ.  Although it is … Read more…

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Why Are Teenagers So Lazy?  How to Get Your Teenager Motivated

Tired of nagging your teen?  Are you looking for a new, positive way to get through to your kid that doesn’t involve scolding or making threats?  If you’re a frustrated parent, keep reading.  I’m about to show you exactly how to get your teenager motivated.  But first, I’m going to point out an often overlooked cause of … Read more…

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Check out this completely soft, 3D-printed water robot

This fluid powered, 3D-printed “Octobot” has no solid parts except for a very small piece of platinum.  Researchers at Harvard created it just a few days ago and the robotics community has been going nuts about it on the internet. The octobot doesn’t need batteries, circuit boards or any metal parts.  Even its logic circuit is … Read more…

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How to Make a “Moody” Robot That Hates Hot Weather

Why make a moody robot? Sometimes it’s necessary to make your robot react the same way every time it receives a certain type of input.  For example, consistency is crucial if you want your robot to be able to balance on two wheels.  A two-wheeled balancing robot needs to be able to sense its exact angle relative … Read more…

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Here’s How to Make a Robot Out of a Piece of Pizza

If you’ve already read my completely free, totally awesome guide How to Make a Robot: the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide (2016 Edition), you should already know that robots can sense the world in ways that humans simply can’t. The average homemade collision avoidance robot uses a cheap ultrasonic sound sensor to make its way around your house. Blind, … Read more…

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Robot Worms Have Arrived

Roboticists at the University of Warsaw recently unveiled a creepy crawly robot that mimics the way worms and caterpillars move.  This unnerving little squirmer can scoot along across flat surfaces, slide under doors and slip between cracks.  It can even carry loads and push objects around. Back in 2012, researchers at MIT came up with a nickel-titanium … Read more…