Posted by bboyes
on October 17, 2005 at 10:14 PM PDT
Vex Robotics has some great- and beefy- looking parts, rather like an Erector set on steroids.
Vex Robotics has some very sturdy-looking components such as these gears and sprockets , and especially these large-scale treads . Robot magazine will debut with an article about using Vex components to build a scaled-down iRobot PackBot - see it in action here , climbing over some concrete blocks. I had the chance to see Vex up close at Robonexus, and was impressed with the quality and reasonable price.
Forget about the radio remote controls, add a real brain and some more sensors to these parts and you could have something large enough to climb stairs and rugged enough to last for a while. Prices are reasonable, and you can order online or pick them up at your local Radio Shack.