Kidbots Turns Old Computers into Robots

Posted 26 Aug 2008 at 15:21 UTC by Rog-a-matic Share This

With the goal of inspiring and educating young robot builders everywhere,'s mission is to show how millions of old, obsolete computers can be turned into programmable robots. Included is a brief introduction to electronic components, PC components, CPU operation, and programming. Special attention is paid to use of the PC's parallel printer port as general purpose I/O to control actuators and read digital sensors, along with simple code examples in BASIC. The site is summed up with a fun animated gif showing a tin-can robot walking across a pile of old motherboards.

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