Let's Make Robots!

New and need ideas where to start =]

Hey im new to all this i baught myself a picaxe 28A project board pritty nice just made my first little program run on it ill post that and erm yea well i dunno where to go from there thing is i realy do not want to just copy peoples code etc as thats just screwing up the fun of making your OWN robot well thats how i see it so im learning basic. it dont seem to basic tho ¬¬ lol so has naybody got any ideas for me etc love to here from people thanx =]

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Fritsl has made a projecy called START HERE So I guess that's where he thinks it is wise to start.

And I think I agree.

Haven't buildt it myself, but it will guide you through many of the common mistakes, and give you an idea of some of the limits and possabilities with the Picaxe.

And when you've done it you will have aquirred some skills, and a basic platform or a set of parts you can use when you start building the ultimate robot.

/ vzz-clck-"Maneuver"

hey thanks for that but ive been told by various other that i should read throo my whole book and learn b4 i pick up anything or attempt to build my first robot if you understand i have the picaxe " programming and customization" book fro picaxe itself pritty neat so yea but i dont reli wanna copy him i mean how will i learn bby copying i wanna be my own person if you understand besides i dont have a IR set i only have sonar and llight resistors :) and i cannot solder either as i dont have a soldering iron so now wot ya fink =] :p
symbol switch1 = pin7

      if switch1 = 1 then flash

      goto main

flash:  high 7
       pause 200
       low 7
       high 6
       pause 200
       low 6
       goto main

motor controler

Since I'm the grumpy old guy, I'll tell you this. I have nothing against you, but DWOO YURR SPLLING RITE!! That fancy new age haxx0r 1337 SMS language thing gives me a headache..

I still think you can learn a lot by doing, even if it is a project someone has done before you. The book is probably great, but reading through your summer holiday doesn't sound that cool to me.Building a robot on the other hand... That rocks. A great thing about a project like the <Start Here> is that it will leave you with a functioning bit of mechanical hardware. Once you've done it, the first thing you should do is make your own new program. You now have a platform that can drive around. Test out different aproaches to controlling the motion. Like, can you make it skid or drift? can you make it do wheelies? can other codes make it do the same? why choose one code over another if both do the same?

And most important: it is not your final project. You will tear it apart, to use the parts later. So, once the autumn gets here, you can get under a blanket and enjoy that book of yours, dreaming over a cup of cacao about all the chick you pulled with that nifty little robot you buildt with your own hands this summer:-)

Well, that's my to pence, or I guess it's shillings, or mayde öre

/ vzz-clck-"Maneuver"

That diagram rocked:-):-)

Is it the soldering that stops you?

If you are a little unsure about your soldering skills, practising on something else than your brand new kit sounds reasonable. 


/ vzz-clck-"Maneuver"

yea kind of although i dont have a soldering iron that works atm so i was gunna bread board it :) but i didnt draw up that piture my friend did but it should work it looks reasonable but wouldnt this be a grate alternative on Fritsl's <START HERE> guide i think so :) btw what kind of voltage would i need there about 4v for the extra power surply ?

you should practice drawing the schematics yourself and using the defined widgets for each. It helps when others try to read them.  Also numbering pins, not just the #1 pin will help with larger pin projects.  Breadboard everything if possible btw, unless you are an expert and even then you'd BB everything, it'll save you a headache later....

 As far as first project, I'd actually go through the picaxe manuals to see what they try(the manual 1 and 3 have tutorials, 2 is more of the language set)...I recently started with the picaxe family myself and those tuts are pretty useful. They are also small enough and progressivly get complex so it won't be a large "not sure where to start or go from here" sort of feeling. I started out building parts that I could use to test the components I was going to put on my robot....it's a different approach, but thats just me...

yes i have the book from picaxe and the PDF's ive done some of the tuts if you watch my video you can see how i have implomented on the first tut =] here is that cicuit i have now contructed on a BB =] what do you think w.bthis is the motor controller now BB =]

Looks a bit chaotic, but as long as it works, thats a good thing..You might try using different colored wires to help differentiate the leads if you have any...Thats an odd bb, I've not seen one that doesn't have the power leads on the outside rails..