Among the many, many things I wanted to create as part of the maker community, robotics are pretty high on my list. Much like other forms of engineering, breaking into this realm can be difficult when you’re a beginner.
Thankfully, the Q1 lite 3 robotics kit was created with beginners in mind. The kit comes in two options: one with 3D-printed parts, and one without so that you can print parts yourself.
Printing your own parts should only take about 5 hours, and once they’re ready the simple design makes it easy to assemble. The finished robot has 8 degrees of freedom using MG90s metal gear servo — sidestepping the problems that plague plastic gear servos. An all-in-one controller board, the TinyPlan97, also includes a built-in battery.
You can control the robot remotely via mobile apps on iOS and Android, and it’s compatible with the Arduino IDE as well. Coming in at less than 200 grams, it’s also a great contender for a companion bot if were to rig some sort of shoulder harness for it.