Beginner robot..suggestions please!! (Axon and VEX for the bot)
June 15, 2009
Im envisaging on building my first robot, so would greatly appreciate any advice.
About me > I've some basic programming skills through GW-Basic and QuickBASIC which i learnt nearly 10yrs back. I suck at C programming, and am not well versed with microcontrollers/electronics, although im sure i can learn (maybe not C!!). Mechanically, im sure i can conjure up something fairly decent, if not pathetic!
I've been doing some research over the past few weeks and this is my proposed list. Please note that i most likely will NOT have a chance to change/upgrade once i buy these (finance constrains), hence would like to get something i can reuse over and over and at the same time, not get stuck with something very simple. The initial goal is build an autonomous bot rather than R/C, then perhaps add vision etc.
the list >
1. For the base structure > VEX protobot ; base platform only with wheels & motors
2. AXON microcontroller
3. Ultrasonic sensors
4. Power supply
Have i missed out anything? I read that the AXON uses ATmega640 which offers much scope for further expansion, but would it be difficult for someone with minimal C programming skills? I've also read about the PICAXE 28X board listed on this site; would it be a better choice? Please suggest alternates for the list, if need be!!
Thanks in advance