In the last few years, the world of hobby robotics has exploded. Robots are finally becoming rather commonplace - check out the latest gift guide from MAKE, robotics!

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I-Sobot - The worlds smallest humanoid robot!
Herbie the Mousebot kit is a quick, easy-to-build, light-chasing robot kit, perfect for beginners.
Twitchie is Arduino powered and comes pre-programmed, making it an excellent kit for beginners in robotics.
Blubber Bots are do-it-yourself robotic inflatables that navigate a space autonomously.