How to Get a Handy Board
The following companies sell various and sundry items of great utility
to all robot builders!
LEGO Dacta has teamed up with PITSCO,
a distributor of learning materials based in Pittsburg, Kansas, for
marketing and sales of their LEGO Technic product line. To obtain a
catalog listing the LEGO Dacta Technic line, contact PITSCO at (800)
362-4308 or write to them at P.O. Box 1707, 1002 East Adams,
Pittsburg, KS 66762. (Mon Oct 20 16:01:43
specializes in materials for the robot hobbyist, including motor
driver chips, motors, books, and sensors.
(Tue Aug 10 13:19:32 1999)
The Robot Store has the
greatest variety of robotics goodies in the United States. All sorts
of components, kits, systems, etc., etc. Highly recommended. (Thu Jun 4 18:59:10 1998)
RobotBooks.com has not
just books, but an excellent assortment of kits, supplies, etc.
Wed Oct 1 14:18:32 2003
The German fischertechnik building
system is excellent for architectural and structural projects, and
is extremely high quality and has mechanical extensions. Model A
Technology is the authorized distributor of
fischertechnik in the United States. Contact info: Model A
Technology, 2420 Van Layden Way, Modesto, CA 95256. Phone: (209)
575-3445; fax (209) 575-2750. Other distributors (with a web
presence) include Timberdoodle Company
and Creative Learning
Systems. (Sun Feb 22 00:30:34
Edmund Scientific is the marvelous
supplier of educational scientific material, now with an on-line
presence. In addition to the best assortment of science kits
anywhere, they have a pretty good robotics selection in their printed
catalog (the on-line robotics stuff is mostly OWI robot kits). Write
or call them for a full catalog: Edmund
Scientific Company, Consumer Science Division, 101 East Gloucester
Pike, Barrington, NJ 08007-1380. Phone (800) 728-6999; fax
(609) 547-3292. (Sat Nov 22 10:14:31
Hobbies is far and away the best source for RC hobby stuff, including
servos. The same sentiment, in their own words: ``The World's Premier
Supplier of the Finest in Radio Control Models.'' There's no contest.
For general purpose use, I recommend the Futaba S148 servo, a
solid, economical model. Tower lists it as their part number
LA5026 for $13.99 (see their link under Radios &
(Sun Feb 22 00:16:14 1998)
Jameco Electronics is an excellent
all-around electronics supplier for the hobbyist. They also carry the
popular bend sensor as their part number 150551.
Contact info: Jameco Electronics, 1355 Shoreline Road, Belmont, CA
94002. Phone (650) 592-8097; orders (800) 831-4242; fax (650) 592-2503.
Company sells the popular bend sensor
(their part number FL01) device for $10 each (plus
shipping/handling). Contact info: Images Company, P.O. Box 140742,
Staten Island, NY 10314. Phone: (718) 698-8305; fax (718) 982-6145.
The Polaroid Corp. sells an
ultrasonic transducer ranging kit that may be
interfaced to the Handy Board. See the latest sonar schematics and drivers.
HVW Technologies is a Canadian
hobby robotics supplier.