This issue Linux User proves this issue that there’s never been a more exciting time to get into robotics. Until recently even building the most basic robot that moves, sense its environment and reacts to external stimuli cost thousands of pounds to construct. Thanks to devices like the Raspberry Pi, though, it can be done for a mere fraction of that price today. In fact, assuming you’ve already got a Raspberry Pi and have some entry level electronics, it’s unlikely you’ll need to spend more than £100 / $150 to put this month’s 18-page project together yourself.
You’ll find much more than our ambitious Pi-inspired project to keep you busy this month, though. Learn how to protect your network with DansGuardian, get a taste of Beautiful Soup as you master scraping Wikipedia with Python, build your own Google Reader replacement and get your head around version control once and for all with our guide to Linus Torvalds’ eloquently titled Git.