Why do we make?
June 21, 2011
Why do hobbiests make things? Or more pertinent to LMR - why do hobbiests make robots?
I ask because when I see an interesting project posted, I also see a lot of requests for detailed designs, schematics and code in the comments. Then there are numerous postings where folks want/need constant hand-holding throughout the design & build process. If you can't (or haven't) made an LED blink, what do you need with the code for satellite navigation? If your interest is professional or to finish a school project, then I suggest that blindly following others isn't a good path for advancement. If you're not interested in the process, why are you interested in the product?
Are you building a device so that you can have a cool something that no one else on the block has? So that you can post an unusual video and get lots of hits? So that instead of spending $30 on a cheap R/C car you can spend $200 and still not know what happens between the joystick and the wheels?
Some of the most capable LMR members are working on Big Things - things that are important for their careers or education. But I think most folks here like to make things because the process is fun. The goal isn't to have a little assembly of plastic and wires that scoots around the room without hitting the walls. The goal is to learn something new, to create a Thing that didn't use to exist and to provide an outlet for our creativity.
And now, having written this post without the advantage of tenure on this fine site, I say to you... Have Fun. I have some LEDs I need to make blink.