Taking over the world on your own is pretty hard work. But with the aid of your own robot army, the operation should run like clockwork. These Arduino-based deals at the PopSci Shop should help you get there, with up to 90 percent off some awesome kits and courses.
If you’re brand new to the Arduino platform, this course is the perfect place to start. Through 9.5 hours of video tutorials, you learn how to build 15 different Arduino-based projects—from a simple torch through to a prototype cell phone. Along the way, you work with ultrasonic sensors, motor drivers, servos, transistors, and more. The training is normally $100, but you can start learning now for only $15.
Meet Sloth, your new robot buddy. This little humanoid might not be an olympic sprinter, but it is packed with personality. The Sloth uses your Arduino or the supplied SunFounder board for brains, while the kit provides all the physical components. You can even program the robot without writing a line of code. Grab the kit now for $49.99, saving 16 percent off MSRP.
Is there a better way to learn about robotics than by building your very own drone? We can’t think of one. The basic assembly is pretty straightforward, and you can add custom 3D printed parts to mod your RC aircraft. In addition, you can tweak the performance of your DIY drone using code. You can get the kit now for $89.99 (was $119.99).
If you plan to build more than one project, you might want to learn a bit more about Arduino robotics. This three-course bundle covers everything you could possibly want to know about components and code. The concise video lessons also explain the difference between different Arduino boards. At just $29, the bundle lets you save 90 percent on the training.
Some pets can be high maintenance, but not this robotic reptile. The lizard is easy to assemble and you can control its movements via the supplied remote control. You can program your lizard using the supplied drag-and-drop software, or create brand new behaviors using custom code. It’s normally $65.99, but you can grab the Robot Lizard now for just $54.99.
If you want a change from your Arduino, these Raspberry Pi robot kits should fill your weekends. You learn how to build an advanced RC car from scratch, using your phone as the control pad. The car can also be programmed with Python code, and you can even fit a USB webcam to see live pictures from the roadster. You can grab a kit now for $149.99 with a Raspberry Pi included and free shipping.