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Robot Rookie

I am new to everything about this site, pure ambition brought me here. Without trying to sound like a cliche its been a dream of mine to create a functioning robot. I have no prior experience in this field, I do think with practice I'll be able to build the skeletal structure but its the coding that worries me, if any one has any re-assuring advice or steps to take to help me work this out, i would be very apprieciative. As i am very new i will start at the very begining. I plan to make the 'Start here' robot then on to the robot arm.


Thank you for reading

Boltonator 

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I don't know how much disposable income to work with, but deffinitely check out www.EZ-Robot.com

You can buy their kit for well under $200.00 and completely program it basically by click & drag. They have a number of routines already on their website to download and run. You can't get much more plug & play than that. Their controller board has more than enough horsepower to make some pretty sophisticated bots. My $.02, your milage may vary.

Well welcome to LMR - You've come to the right place to achieve your dream in my opinion at least. LOTS of information here, LOTS of expertise shared by others, and LOTS of examples to read and learnn from. Serach, read, start simple (make sure you Blink an LED with and without using delay() to get started) and enjoy! .... and be sure to share your creation when done and ready to show the world... -Stephen

Thanks for your welcome, I will definitely be showing my creations once i understand all the basics ha 
just one concern of mine, I've been noticing that most of the people are from the states and site for the starter robot is in the US does it matter?, the  fact i am from the U.K. and the currency is different or will i have to find a suitable shop here for my parts?
thanks Peter 

You are off to a great start by being here.  As Max said, it is very international.  There are some Brits, Italians, Aussies, and lots of others from all over the world.  There are a lot of tips and tutorials and lots of examples to look at.  When you have questions there are a lot of people who can and will help.  But do your own work.  Ask good questions and you will get good answers.

Welcome and have fun!

Actually, the "Start Here Robot" is by a Dane (Make your MacBeth joke here...). You shouldn't have any trouble finding parts. The PicAxe is a British product, Arduino is Italian, most of the motors and other parts are sourced out of China so you're actually in a really good place to begin. Welcome to LMR and enjoy the adventure!