I’m on vacation. Here’s some more robot stuff to look at while I’m gone.
Ever wanted to build your own robot? You can.
Robotshop.com sells robot construction kits. You can get an extremely basic kit for around thirty dollars.
Or, you can drop $3,400 American on this 80s-cartoon-looking fella to the left.
From there, it goes on up into the range of $50,000. If you want to build a robot army, it don’t come cheap.
OK, so what if you do like the idea of starting your own robot army, but you really don’t feel like starting from scratch. You wouldn’t even know where to start, right? You imagine it involves bad posture and a soldering iron.
No sweat. Robots.com sells used robots. Search by application (arc welding, assembly, polishing, or a host of sinister-sounding things like “cutting,” “grinding,” and “thermal spray”) or by manufacturer, payload, or target industry. Robots.com will also buy your used robots if your plans for world domination have hit a snag and you need to free up some cash.
And if you’d rather have a flying drone than one of those boring old-school robots, head over to Droneflyers.com and do your research before buying. The “Beginner’s Guide” has a typo or two, but also some very good information to help you pick the right soulless flying death machine. Erm, I meant to say “harmless hobby kit.”
You can buy your new flying robot friend right off Amazon.com.
Seriously. Just search for drone. You can get this frankly toy-like customer pictured to the right for under a grand. The spy camera is sold separately.
That’s not a joke. The spy camera is sold separately.
But that’s a drone for children. (It’s even listed on Amazon under “Toys & Games.”)
For about half the price of this (which really does look like something you might build with K-Nex) you could buy a STORM Drone 4 ($549), which looks fucking ultra-serious and is supposedly ready to fly straight out of the box.
And, seriously, look at this thing.
Even with what looks like the tennis-balls on the bottom of an old lady’s walker, that still manages to look sinister.
It looks like the kind of robot that will haunt our dreams after our machines turn on us. I see one of these coming at me, I’m going to start looking around for Terminators.
This concludes Robot Week. I wish all of you the best of luck surviving the coming robot uprising. Take comfort in this: the machines will (probably) only exterminate us all if we force them to. If we accept the new order of things, they really have every reason to keep us alive.