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Solarbotics - BeetleBot Review



Introduction


Robot Kit Review Score
Quality Features Usability Scalability Support Skill Level Overall
5 1 3 1 5 1 3
(5 excellent, 4 above average, 3 average, 2 below average, 1 poor)
(5 custom, 4 advanced, 3 intermediate, 2 beginner, 1 introductory)

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 build it!

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!!

Overview


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.



Kit Contents


  • Simple screw-together mechanical construction (we even included the screwdriver!)
  • Plug-in wiring
  • 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 build!
  • Instructions Manual
  • Assembly Guide


Quick Review


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.









Support


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!

Conclusion


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.

Robot Kit Review Score
Quality Features Usability Scalability Support Skill Level Overall
5 1 3 1 5 1 3
(5 excellent, 4 above average, 3 average, 2 below average, 1 poor)
(5 custom, 4 advanced, 3 intermediate, 2 beginner, 1 introductory)


Where to buy?


DIYbin.com
Solarbotics Website

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