Let's Make Robots!

Why do we make?

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.

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Because a couple of years ago I realized I had forgotten how to play. Everything I did had to be for a reason.

But hobby Robotics, I can follow my muse, change direction, drop projects because they are boring, explore stuff just because I am interested. I have a college background in electronics, but I work with computers. I always found college fun, but work not very challenging.

So that's why...play......however if my wife asks ....it's to take over the world and build a toe eating robot out of an old shredder I have stashed somewhere. Best regards Shane

For world domination of course!!

First rule of world domination....is don't talk about world domination...


Why do I build stuff that has no apparent reason or goal?
I love to work with my hands. Mechanics, electronics, programming to a lesser degree (it is a necessary evil if you want to work with uC's).
I am not a super skilled craftsman. If I saw a board, it usually has crooked edges. If I solder a circuit, the solder often has blobs or big pieces of flux. When I bend a piece of metal it is regularly not completely straight.
I keep doing it to better myself, to aquire skills that might come in handy for stuff that can make a difference in my or someone elses life.
Yes, I have borrowed pieces of code, asked people to help me in debugging because I couldn't find it, asked people for a more detailed explanation of something. Why? Because I want to learn.

What I will never do, and that is the second part of your story, is ask people for the exact way to build something, the exact code or a complete parts list. Building something exactly as someone else has done doesn't teach you anything, except to follow instructions.

A lot of people do this nowadays. On other forums (Arduino forum is such a place) they call those people 'the generation of instant gratification'. People want to buy parts that go together easily, slam a battery in and see the new toy do what they want it to do, without solving any problems or thinking of any schematic.
This is fine, if that is your thing. Those people I would advise to go the Lego Mindstorms road.

What can piss me off sometimes is people that expect you to hold their hand and guide them through every step, as if you are their personal teacher.
I don't mind helping people that are actually interested in the technology that I am working with, I do mind helping people that expect the earlier mentioned instant gratification. You do a lot of work and they expect you to tell them exactly how to do it, or they get pissed off. And when they are finished they show their project off and tell everyone they made it from scratch and, especially if it turns out a bit better than your original, because of things that you have learned along the way of creation, they will gloat about it.
Thank yous are usually not even there, because they will abandon the forum or site that they met you on and go on to the next shiny.

What I like about LMR is that everybody is helpfull to a certain extent. I have not seen alot of serious forum topics go unanswered, except for the questions like 'I want to build X, please tell me what to buy, how to assemble and write me the code'.

off-topic: What I hate about LMR is that people are building so much awesome stuff that it inspires me to build more more more but I can't!

The ones I hate are where you spent 6 hours documenting your build on LMR with step by step instructions and then have someone ask for step by step instructions. In this case the only instruction I have is: "Go to school and learn to read!" Then RTFM!!

someone asked about how to build "Chopsticks", right?


P.S.: I make for the fun of making and disassembling. "The Knack"

No it was an Indian student asking about the IR object detector I made 2 years ago.
I had Duplo when I was 2 or 3. Technical Legos when I was 7. I built a control panel with about 20 LEDS for a prop in a play when I was 13 and was writing educational games for the special Ed teachers when I was 15. I have also blown up a Christmas tree. I think I might have "the knack". I must have drank from the wrong coffee cup that time I blew up the tree :-p

Well in my opinion there are many explanations one may say . He is building something in order to give

meaning in his life(meaning he has an aim in his life) , or to overcome a problem he may be facing or because he wants to make a better world  or because Ideas that may be in his head are so exciting that he can't let them be and he want to make them



Well the first reason is The Knack , the second reason is because I like being creative and the third reason is because

some day I want to contributte to the community we what I am making .

(edit : forget to say why I am building)