NearSys is in the process of creating a complete robotics kit. The kit incorporates the CheapBot body (updated version), a robot controller, line follower, and adapter cable in a single bag of parts. The assembled robot can be programmed for maze driving and line following.
The new body uses pre-drilled and shaped Sintra, just bolt it together. New servo brackets attach the motors to the bottom deck, there is no more wood in the robot body. The CheapBot is all proper metal and plastic.
The robot body is pre-drilled for robotic arms and the smart proximity detector. Future upgrades include a radio terminal (for communicating with the robot) and a beacon locator.
The price for the complete CheapBot-14 robot kit is to be about $80 plus shipping and handling. In another week a CheapBot-18 version will be available.