Mary at The Foundary Makerspace showed me a spectrum of robots that want homes. These are all programmable robots, and some are tablet controlled. Contact Mary Keene through The Foundary’s website or Mary’s Facebook page.
We’ll start with the classroom robot kit made for programming with SolidWorks. It has a programming book as well.
Next is the Bioloid. This is apparently a tournament soccer robot very popular in South Korea.. You control it and program it with a tablet. Programming can be very advanced.
The last one is a faithful Lego NXT kit. This looks like a first generation, but these still work well.
Bellingham’s police department offers a rare opportunity to see their bomb disposal robot and control van. The manipulator can reach 8ft high, it can go up and down curbs and stairs, and it can reach under cars. The side of the manipulator is mounted with two shotgun barrels that can be loaded with water or water payloads fired by shaped charges. These water bullets can destroy a bomb or tear through a car door, but have nowhere near the range of a solid round or lead shot.
Bellingham PD demonstrate bomb robot at LinuxFest Northwest 2011
The robot’s wheels can be removed so as to pass thru narrow doorways.
BPD robot, removable wheels