Big company robots making it look easy?
December 2, 2012
G'day LMR (Im Australian what did you expect? :))
I am new to this site and Im finding my time here enjoyable and uplifting. I have been intersted in electronics for as long as I can remember and four months ago began making things with an Arduino Uno, be it small gadjets or robots.
One thing I have noticed about robotics is how complicated it is (which I quiet enjoy), with all the designing/building/programming it can take anywhere from months to maybe even a years. I am posting all the things I make on YouTube for a sort of video diary, so I can see where I started and how far I have progressed, as personal encouragement.
Lately my friends have been going onto my YouTube channel and coming to me asking questions about the things I made, like how long it took to make etc. On one occasion a friend of mine asked if it was possible for me to make a walking humanoid robot like Asimo, I answered with a no, telling him how I was new at this and wouldn't even begin to understand where to start. My friend replied with "Come on, it cant be that hard, look at all those robots on TV and stuff, asimo wouldnt be that hard to make, its like four years old". Immediatly I felt something inside of me die, I couldnt even imagine how many years of designing/planning/building/revising/programming/debugging it took Honda to make a humanoid robot that could even walk.
The main thing I'm getting at here is how contant exposure of top end robots on the media makes the public less excited about the little things and lose appreciation for the true intelligence possesed by the people who make the marvels.
That was my first forum post and it felt good :)