Let's Make Robots!

Not sure what to get.

I'm looking to get a robot kit, but I have no idea what to get. There's so many to chose from! I'd like to build one of two robots:

One like the start here robot from this site (which I already own :D) but with c or c++ as a language and is expandable, and maybe a quadroped or some inexpencive parts to make it quad.

 

Or a larger robot, similar to POLYRO, that can tell time, has arms( that can sense touch, even if it can't hold things) and move around. I was hoping to make it so it could understand voice too and react as well.

 

Since I have only a ~200 budget, I was wondering what kits/robots/parts I should ask for.

Thanks to anyone who can help, and please let me know if you would need any more information. I've been searching around for quite a while, and still not sure what to get.

 

Thanks again,

 

Chaoman

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swap out your PICAXE board for something like a micromagician. That should give you all manner of ways to improve your SHR. Once you have a better idea on how to control your "new improved" SHR, you can move on to other bots and have about $150 to do it with. :)

I'm looking into it, but it's a lot to take in XD Thanks for the suggestion!

I like the "buy a bunch of parts" suggestion also

If you're the type of person like me (unorganized, impatient, fairly stupid), a kit could be a great route as well.  I started out with a Parallax Boe Bot and, for me, it provided a fantastic way to get into robotics.  There are probably many others that you could use that would be great choices as well.

Keep in mind, you're never going to learn everything and robotics can be very addictive, even if you have a lousy brain like mine, just take it slow and enjoy it.

If you haven't gotten the electronics book by Mr. Mims, I'd highly recommend it.

Best of luck!

 

Thanks for the suggestion Scope! Have you checked out the lrm start here robot? I've been uing that, and the kit has all sorts of goodies that cna be reused in other bots. I'll have to look into the book.

Thanks for the suggestion Scope! Have you checked out the lrm start here robot? I've been using that, and the kit has all sorts of goodies that can be reused in other bots. I'll have to look into the book.