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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 05:47 am
A few weeks ago my son attended a summer day-camp where they played with various kinds of robots. If I understood him the most interesting was the LEGO Mindstorms and of course he wants me to buy one for him. The problem is that it is very expensive (280 USD in the US + shipping)
or I might be able to buy in a local store but then I am sure it will be around 400-500 USD.

Besides the programming environment runs only on Windows and on Mac and we run Linux at home and only have Windows in a VirtualBox.

So I was wondering if there are cheaper alternatives, at least till I see that he is serious in playing with those robots.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Hmm. My cousin was keen on programming from a young age, and I think he started on the LEGO stuff. The only robot stuff I can remember doing was the little round robot you could program with LOGO, but that was a long time ago, and probably not as interesting as the Mindstorms.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Without knowing exactly what part of the Mindstorms interests your son and not being involved with robotics myself, I'm not sure how to suggest alternatives, but there are definitely other programmable robot kits you can get, for a range of prices that I found.