What's in a kit? - Debate
February 9, 2009
"Maybe you want to be more specific about the types of robotics that LMR is about. I've made a handful of Lego nxt robots (and will make a handful more I'm sure) because they are quick, easy and fun. I get the feeling that some people see this as frivolous because I've used neither soldering iron nor glue gun to produce them. The problem will be where will you draw the line. Are kit robots allowed if they plug together, or only if they need soldering? Are ready-made robots allowed eg Spyke?"
Really good point, Mike, and thought-provoking enough to start a blog inviting comments.
I'm about to post a kit robot. As an enthusiast, I raise the bar which defines what a "kit" is. I see the whole world as one big robot making kit and all the stuff lying around as the components. Even if the definition of a "kit" were to stop at a box which was bought off the shelf containing all the required components, I would feel entirely justified because it's going to get HEAVILY augmented. (He he!)
What do other folk think about kits appearing on LMR?
Are Lego robots and kit robots OKay or shold we be seeing more scratch-built stuff?
What defines a "kit"? Does it still classify as a kit if the assembly requires soldering or programming or drilling holes?
Let's debate! (Oh, www.letsmakedebates.com is not registered! Cool!)