If manufacturing is dead in America, at least your kid can learn to build and operate the mechanical arm that killed it. OWI’s Robotic Arm Edge is the perfect way for a young student to learn the ABCs of robotics. Plug it into a PC with the USB interface kit and program it to perform a sequence of movements “just like an actual robot on an assembly line.” Or you could just build it and control it with the wired controller, moving the arm’s five joints around with its five different motors, which are capable of lifting objects up to 100g.
Price: $55.95 for Robot Arm Edge, $39.95 for USB Interface
Programming Skills Required: Little to none
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