February 23, 2009
I decided to chronicle my attempt at creating this robot to give hope to anyone out there who doubts their ability to do the same.
I have zero experience with programming. Zero experience with engineering. Zero experience with anything even remotely (pardon the pun) related to robotics. Also, though I am intensely curious about things, I'm not the smartest guy in the world by any means.
In other words, if I can do this, anyone can do this.
Today I ordered 90% of the hardware I'll need to create Mr. Basic, all from www.hvwtech.com. The total cost was $110 + shipping.
- PICaxe - 28x Starter Kit (which is now fully compatible with Mac!)
- 1 Sharp GP2D12 analog infrared rangefinding sensor - up to 40"
- 1 L293D Motor Driver
- 4 GM3 gearhead motors - 220:1 (with an easily overridable clutch to lessen torque)
- 4 wheels
- 1 GWS modified servo (modified to have "continuous rotation")
- 30 female to female jumpers
I then bought some 330 ohm resistors, some extra pins, and a basic soldering kit at Fry's Electronics for about $20.
Lastly, I put a hold on a book called Robot Builder's Bonanza at the local library.
Now I just have to wait until all of this stuff arrives in the mail to get started. If anyone has any tips or some other books I could read to get started on this project, I am all ears.