I am in a class on missions and thinking about a project I can start in a third world country. Everyone thinks about weaving and pottery. Robotics is a hobby and it has been hard for me to find cheap robotic parts like bases, frames, molded covers , arms, and such. If I can find the materials locally, the labor cost will be low. I don't know much about exporting or retailing. Maybe just selling on the net.
How much demand to you see for hobby grade robotic parts at low prices? Do folks just make their own? Do they buy basic kits and build up? Do they spend bucks to get more professional grade stuff? Or do you think the market is already flooded with this stuff?
Is this worth persuing as a means to help building the economy of a village?