New prototyping kits and tools for interactive technologies have made it easier for people with different technical expertise and economic resources to design robots. Kits like LEGO Mindstorms and Vex Robotics Design System provide bricks for building and programming simple robot prototypes, while newer kits like Little Bits offer easy-to-use plug-and-play electronic bricks. Arduino microcontroller and Raspberry Pi single-board computer offer more flexibility in design but require more technical know-how. Even smartphones can be used to control robots, with Robovie-MR2 as an early example. The availability of these tools not only makes HRI prototyping easier but also more accessible to the masses, including students, hobbyists, and potential users. As technology continues to evolve, more people are being engaged in technology design through these tools.
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