Let's Make Robots!

Hello I am new here :)

Hello my name is Matt I live in lancaster Ohio I am 15 and am new to electronics (AKA I have been taking apart electronics all my life but new to the putting it back together part :) and I would like to get to know all of you guys/gals.

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I'll present myself too as everybody's doing!

My name is Riccardo and i live in Mantova (that's some 200 kms form Milan) and i'm 18! And....hmm..what else? ah yes i like programming games in flash and playing airsoft with my team mates!

Since everyone here is introducing themselfs, i should follow the crowd and do it too 8)


My name is Oscar and I am 18 years old. I live in California and attend Cal Poly Pomona and my major is physics. I just ordered all my parts yesterday so I hope to get started building my first robot soon because it seems exciting. Ever since i saw the ASIMO robot from honda, robots caught my attention, so I decided to make a hobby about a month ago.

Hello all, my name's Jon. I've studied robotics (at a very abstract level) as a part of my degree, and in fact chose my degree because of it's robotics content. Well, ok, maybe it was because I got to play with Lego. One of the two. Anyway, since finishing I've done absolutley diddly to with anything like that (anybody else with me there?) so seeing you could do this yourself without megabucks has got me pretty fired up.

I usually don't really get into online communities as they tend to get overwhelmed by people with a lot of negativity (for people with negativity, read opinionated twats). That's why I though I would pitch in here. It's all sunshine/YDM/RTFM!

One of the great things here is the huge gulf of experience. We have people who have never touched a microcontroller (moi) all the way to people who could program a PIC in binary by contacting sparking leads in time with a clock signal (you know who you are). When you have such a wide gulf, with people willing to teach and to learn, wonderful progress and ideas can be made.

so let me introduce myself, too :pp

viktor. i'm from bulgaria, but i live in germany since '04. my english sucks and i don't know any spanish or french ;)

i saw a video about some robot in youtube last year and i didn't slept the whole week till i whatched everything i found. i was crazy about mechanics like a kid, so i thought electronics shoud not be such a problem. well, it is!!! a BIG one. but i don't give up and i'm searching for info every day.

nice folks here and a lot of noobs, too, so i don't feel alone like in the german robot forum.

many luck in your projects!


I've been working on my robot, and I honestly feel like a doctor in a third world country, I'm short on everything. I've run out of glue sticks for my glue gun, my microcontroller was faulty, so I had to replace it, the bumper switches were about 10x smaller than they should be, I don't have the right battery pack (a 9v will fry it), the back is severely sagging, I have nothing to cut my metal, I could go on and on! I've decided to name my robot "Turpis", and I don't know if it will work or not. Quite frankly I'm worried. I'm still confused as to which wires go where. Fear not, I am not deterred. I won't be defeated by a mere Turpis. :) Help appreciated, Brennon

WOW! Thank you so much! The data sheet for the microcontrollers I ordered is really helpful! I've ordered two, but later I might want to challange myself to see if I can build 10+ smaal and cheap bots. I'll probobably but more. Here it is: http://www.rev-ed.co.uk/docs/AXE023.pdf

Very helpful! 


Thanks again,



10 robots the same? To see how they interact? Now THAT's cool.

That picaxe board's pretty small. You could easily buidl your own, though.

"Aim high - live with disappointment." That's my motto. 

So each pin is designed for a separate function like sensors, sevos, etc.? Sorry if that sounds like a dumb question. :)

I'll sook in to these free samples, but I doubt Parralax would give me a free BASIC Stamp considering there's not a chance that I'll buy in bulk any time soon. Free samples were designed to let peopel know what they are buying so they are comfortable buying tens, hundreds, or thousands. You know what they say, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." I'll see what I can do. :)


Thanks again,



I do have a little bit of experience, though I admit, not much. I have to say it depends, though usually I'm a "#1" guy. However, I have ordered some parts from Sparkfun, and I hope to build something cool with that. Believe me, I've been through every nook and crany of this site, PIC might be the best for me, as their microcontrollers are pretty cheap. I've been working with the BASIC Stamp, and as wonderful as it is, I'm not going to buy any more for $100+ including the board.

I'm a little confused as to what wires go where and why. E.g. the PIC microcontroller I'm getting has multiple I/O pins, and I don't know the difference between them.


Thanks you so much for all your help! I really appreciate it.



Cheap = free, if you go to their website and request free samples!!

Get the data sheet for your particular device from teh Microchip website. Bear in mind that many of the devices have multiple functions per pin.