Hello! I was wondering if anybody could help me determine compatibility issues :(
July 28, 2009
Dear Robot enthusiasts,
Hello all! This is my first question on here so please feel free to critique my writing style.
For Christmas, my dear parents bought me the only thing that I ever really wanted. Build Your Own Humanoid Robots by Karl Williams. I was so exuberant! I would finally imbibe from the well of knowledge that assembled ASIMO, created kismet, revived ROB and... Well you get the point. I was excited, for I had the monetary power to build these mechanical maids! I procured some money from the bank and headed to the nearest hardware store... To give you an idea of the setting, the most technologically advanced object in the store for sale was a green SNAPPER lawnmower. I returned with some of the nuts, washers and miscellaneous things that I needed but nothing like the servos and micro controllers. However, I did manage to obtain a metal vice. In the ensuing months, I bought some of the servos off the net, one of which was outdated and had to be substituted by a newer version. The micro controller needed for this project is a measly Pic 16F84A with 4 Megahertz of clock rate. I noticed that this book had been outdated by several years compared to the newer technology! The PicBasic Pro compiler was to be loaded via floppy disk! My head started to throb with trillions of compatibility issues! Will the newer pro compiler work with the pic 16f84A? Why do I need to build a PCB for a chip that is already supposed to control servos? Why do I need the EPIC problem when I have no clue what the hex fill listings are? Where in Gods' name can I find a reasonably priced pice of 1/16 inch thick flat aluminum stock that measures 6 foot by 7? Is there justice in this horrible world?
Your fellow Robot enthusist,