If you google for "snails in the kitchen", you'll probably find some recipes for various dishes I'm not likely to eat. That and tips on how to keep slugs out of your cupboards.
At Bug Labs, we don't necessarily think that snails in the kitchen are such a bad thing... depending on the context, of course.
Let me clarify: We recently had a little fun and killed a few minutes building a line tracing robotic snail in our Test Kitchen. This kit was one of several we picked up at a small hobby shop under the "official" reasoning of adding some more random, useful parts to the TK's inventory. Unofficially, they just looked like a quick, fun little diversion.
While these kits are pretty damn simple, building something like this takes me back to my high school electronics class final project, where I built my own line drawing robot of my own design, using some basic components purchased at Radio Shack, and a hacked (literally) old school Atari joystick.
I can't wait to start doing more work with the BUG platform, bringing back those days of fun from simple experimentation. I may even try to build one of those old Atari bots again. I hear that Alicia has a source for old joysticks that I can snip the cables from.
I'm really looking forward to seeing the opportunities that BUG will bring to today's young students with a similar hacker/experimenter attitude to what I had at that age.