The BW Science Labs Store
The BW Science Labs Store is an idea I've had for a while now, but it has taken a lot of work to get it up and running. There is currently 1 kit available, the Vivus the Robot kit. I"ve seen a lot of those really low-quality $20 robots where you clap your hands and they twitch, and I've seen $400 robots with a great deal of functionality. I wanted to make something in between, and that's exactly what Vivus is. During prototyping I wanted to make a "real robot", one that was autonomous and could truly act on its own, while trying to keep the cost down as well.
Though I've had the general idea for a while, seeing the Maker Fair '09 in person made me realize that this was possible. I bought a few kits from the Maker Shed and figured out how "the pros" balanced cost with functionality. Since then, I've been prototyping and brain storming.
Who will enjoy this the most?
Hopefully one day the BW Science Labs Store will have a product for everyone, however the Store's current product, Vivus the Robot Kit, is aimed at beginners with no electronics experience. This kit was made to give beginners the chance to build a real autonomous robot and gain knowledge from this experience along the way.