$49 Balancing Robot

ercoerco Posts: 17,950
edited June 16 in Robotics Vote Up0Vote Down
For Dads & Grads, Toys R Us has the Zoomer Chimp marked down ~half off. I bought a used one off Ebay a while back for $50. Internal LiPo battery, voice recognition, the works. ERCO SAYS BUY!

"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

- Pablo Picasso

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  • Nice, but I actually prefer the WowWee Coder Mip which is on sale at Best Buy for $41
    bestbuy.com/site/wowwee-coder-mip-transparent/5459603.p?skuId=5459603&ref=06&loc=01&ksid=59b59be5-e26c-4e31-8de8-6280fee4e88f&ksprof_id=3&ksaffcode=pg196568&ksdevice=c

    However, these self balancing bots would be the perfect project for the FLiP. Add a OLED and you could have a bot with a face. This certainly on my projects to work on list.
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,950
    Dangit, JonM out-ercoed me. I need one of those too!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Remember this jumping robot?



    It also balances. According to erco they cost $25.

    I was just playing with mine today (my niece's family stopped by). It's always a hit with kids. Occasionally it also hits kids (sometimes it ends up jumping into a very startled child).
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,950
    Dog drat you, Duane! Now I need one of those too!

    It's noteworthy that Pololu's Balboa robot is $70, without wheels or motors.

    https://www.pololu.com/product/3575
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Did you ever see the movie Big? (I know you did, I'm just teasing.)

    Who wants to just WATCH a toy? Talk to it? Been there, done that. Lead it around with your hand? Yawn.

    Like many of these types of robots, Zoomer Chimp looks like a one-time toy: bring it out once, show it off to family and friends, then it's off to the back of the closet.

    On the larger genre of self-balancing robots, I think they have limited appeal unless you built and programmed it yourself, or at least have played around with its programming. As a project base, I see it as holding little interest beyond initial play because it doesn't have a very broad use case. The Pololu bot looks interesting, and they're all about getting into its programming, so that's a start in the right direction.
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,950
    What if the monkey transformed into a building? :)
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Kinda like the "Optimus Primal", but in a balancing bot?

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=jKAeyyxScmg
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