We set out to do a product review for a simpler robot kit. One that
truely introduces you to the world of robotics. A kit that could be
used by children, teenagers and adults. Basically, hoping to
demonstrate how simle a robot can be and how much fun you can have
After looking over different kits that would satisfy these
requirements we stumbled across the Solarbotics BeetleBot. The
BeetleBot is designed to demonstate how easy it is to have a robot
perform advanced tasks with minimal effort.
Thankfully, Solarbotics agreed to work with us
on this and were eager to provide whatever was needed to get the
ball rolling. Thanks Solarbotics!!
The Solarbotics BeetleBot comes in a small package. Basically all
the contents fit into a sandwich size ziplock bag. One of the nice
things about this kit, unlike others, is that it tells you right on
the front of the packaging how long it will take to construct the
kit. The entire kit screws together with basic hardware and to top
it off requires no soldering.
Simple screw-together mechanical construction (we even included
Sturdy, preformed wire sensors
Laser-cut acrylic shell featuring two shell designs (Ladybug /
Tribal) and four color-themes
Detailed construction manual with large, clear graphics
Solarbotics famous 100% satisfaction guarantee means you don't
risk disappointment - we'll make sure you have a successful
Our aim here is to talk about the high level view of the robot it.
We have created a video that quickly gets you up to speed with the
robot kit and makes everything clear.
This video is not available yet
Assembly and Construction
To make this part as easy and straight forward as possible we have
recorded a multi-part step by step video on how to assemble and
work with the Solarbotics BeetleBot. The time for construction of
this quite was what was expected. In about an hour we were up and
running. Therefore, consider this to be an entry level kit.
We gave Solarbotics a 5 for support. One of the main reasons is
because we didn't need any. However, all their manuals and guides
were readily available with the kit. It did not require us to go
out and look for more information. Furthermore, in all their manusl
and guides they provided phone numbers and direct email contacts
for support should any issue arise. Lastly, their website is rich
enough to contain everything that is required to help you out.
We do see any issues working with their products nor do we see any
issues with their support at this time. Great job Solarbotics!
All and all - this is a great start kit. Starter kit on
electronics, robotics and building. It is an ideal candidate for
those of you who have never been exposed to any type of
electronics, hobby construction and/or robotics. We highly
recommend this kit for those of you that fall in this category. We
have already recommended this kit out to several parents who had
children that were interested in robotics yet far to young to
really make any head way with it.