Robotics is a very interesting field, but buying a decent robot that is already built can be well out of reach for many folks. To address this, Intel and Trossen Robotics have announced that it will be putting open source robot kits on the market later this year that are reasonably affordable.
I say “reasonably affordable” because you will still spend $1000 or more to build your robot. One of the kits is a complete DIY setup with everything you need and it will sell for $1600. If you have a 3D printer, you can make some of the parts you need and buy the electronics only kit for under $1000.
These are hobbyist level robots, running on an Intel Edison processor, and with basic servos. Those with really deep pockets can buy the research grade robot kit that uses a Core i5 processor and numerous other upgrades for around $16,000.
In the videos below, you can check out “Jimmy,” a humanoid robot based on the more advanced Core i5 platform:
The team isn’t saying exactly when you can buy one of these kits, just by the end of the year. Keep your eye on 21stcenturyrobot.com for more details.