CES 2015: A Life-Size Erector Set Robot Kit

Hey there, big guy

Meccano's Meccanoid is a build-it-yourself robot

Meccano Meccanoid

A build-it-yourself robot that could become your next companion.Popular Science

Kids these days, right? You've always been able to build some pretty impressive systems with Erector Sets, but this may be the best: a build-it-yourself robotic kit named Meccanoid G15 KS.

Meccanoid is about the size of a small child (it's designed for kids 10 and up) and looks like something that could be a friend replacement. It has a few pre-programmed actions, but to get more personal, you can program Meccanoid by recording motions and sounds, or plug in a smartphone, which allows the bot to mimic you using motion-capture.

What's more, Meccanoid is a open source, so the programming options are nearly endless, and you can customize it further, since it's compatible with any of your old Erector Set parts.

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