One of my goals for 2022 is to build a new AI robot project and to also upgrade a couple of existing robot projects (one has a K210 processor, so maybe just new firmware).
During the Black Friday sales last year, I bought myself an early Christmas present from Seeed Studios - Robobloq Qoopers 6-in-1 Transformable Robot Kit. It was an incredible bargain at $9.90 (95% off). Of course, this was a shipment from China and some other items I bought were on back order - so, it took a couple of months to arrive.
Qoopers is one of a series of STEM/STEAM educational robot kits. It's been around for a few years. It has an easily configurable chassis, which is one of my requirements. It has a Bluetooth enabled control module that is based on the Arduino Mega 2560. It is powered by 6 AA batteries. I will probably switch out the controller and replace the batteries with rechargeables (18650s?).
I've currently got a lot of commitments, so I'll need to delay working on this project until summertime. Maybe I'll do a "Summer of Robots" . I thought of dubbie when I bought this kit. I think I'll make my own robot army.
It will take some discipline not to open the shrink wrapped box, but I know if I do that I'll get distracted from other projects that I need to finish. I'll use this post to remind me of my backlog.