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Basic navigation using IR and an awesome turbo propeller for "appearance" of speed
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This is my very first robot.I started it a year or so ago. I had a lot of fun just following the "start here" instructions. I added a LED to help me with some … Read more
Trundles around attempting to avoid obstacles (and sunlight).
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This is the basic Start Here! robot, whose job is to move forward until it detects an obstacle and then stop and decide which direction it should turn.  So far I … Read more
Navigate without killing itself
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Hello once again LMR! I recently made a few changes to my robot “Mobile Arduino Experimental Platform” (MAEP), and have written this tutorial on how to create a … Read more
navigate in various ways, teach me about robotics
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Hi! MAEP 2.0 is the second version of MAEP (please check it out if you haven't already). I won't go into all the details about things that are the same as the … Read more

Basic "Start Here" Robot (with Arduino)

I am brand new to robotics and I am about to try and build my first robot as a learning experience to get familiar with the basics (based on the "Start Here" design by Frits). I'll be using and Arduino Uno board instead of a Picaxe however.  After reading some other posts I have come up with a list of parts and several questions. I actually have some of these parts already but wanted to sanity check that I am on the right track. I am pretty comfortable with learning the programming aspect of this but want to make sure I have a good start on the right hardware configuration.

ordered Start Here from Solarbotics and have been playing flight simulator


i ordered the Start Here bot.  as i get shipping updates i have beem flying those points one flight simulator.  Calgary to Winnipeg to ...   Can I get some nerd love?




miniq or start here?

hello everyone ive recently made some robots that i couldnt quite complete because of lack of experience so ive decided to take some good advice and look for a nice easy robot kit to teach me programming and other robotic skills and so i am stuck on 2 kits. i cant decide which to use.

'LMR Start Here' USB trouble shoot

my computer does not recognize the usb cable, i cant get the program to find it, ive downloaded the proper driver software and updated the port containing the axe027 (debatable). all ports are 'not available' please halp!

This is my 1st robot, i opted to go for the start here but change the Sharp for parralax ping))) ultrasonic. Scraped the code from various sorces (none of it is … Read more
Navigates a room worse than Mr. Magoo
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 This is Robie, a "Start Here" robot my 7 year-old daughter (D1) and I built while away on vacation.  We used the LMR kit from Solarbotics, a cheap soldering … Read more

Picaxe 28 circiut board robot

I am trying to make the robot in the start here section.  The motors work when I hold the wires to batteries but when I try to attach them to the board they don't work.  I have followed the instructions carefully and soldered the wires to the pins (as I don't have connecters).  I have tried several times and am still stuck.  This robot is for a school project and has to be ready in two days.  I really don't know what to do can anyone help?


Macintosh MacAXEpad Bug - "Hardware Not Found" when Programming Chip - how to fix

I just completed the basic construction of my Start Here robot and thought I would share something that drove me nuts. I searched and searched on this forum and couldn't find the answer to my problem. I found a solution burried on the Picaxe forum.

I was having the strangest problem. I could write out a simple little code and have the computer send it to the robot but when I tried to do more complex programs it would tell me that the hardware cannot be found.

Navigates around mindlessly very slow avoiding large obstacles
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Well here is my start here bot. I want to do more with it eventually but I am moving on to the Aduino platform for my next bot that I need to design. The start here … Read more
Explores via Ultrasound, plays "Zelda's Lullaby" when stuck
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    This is my first robot.  I started fiddling with microchips as a break from high level programming.  I like feeling more in touch with the low level … Read more

What parts to use for the next LMR Start Here robot

As you may have seen in the LMR Live Show, we need a replacement for the Sharp sensor used in the Start HEre kit, as the sensor used till now is no longer being produced.

On http://letsmakerobots.com/node/22657 a lot of really new and interesting sensors came to my attention.

Now, since I am going to do a whole ned version anyway (we cant have instructions with images that doesnt match), I was wondering if there would be other parts that should also come in to the modern times?

New cheap sonsor for the Start Here robot?

The Sharp IR sensor that is used in the present "start here" is no longer being produced.

We need to find a replacement, and all ideas welcome.

Conditions: It must be a cheap distance sensor that can be purchased "in the shops".

Cheap, and commonly available.

Navigates by IR - avoids obstacles.
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Presented here is my rendition of the Start Here robot using a PIC16F690 and programmed in Assembly with the MPASM Assembler.  In addition to the micro, parts … Read more

Altered 'Start Here Bot' Code

Im trying to run my start here bot that is has a tamiya twin gearbox and SRF05 instead of the IR sensor on it. All the components work, just not together. I wrote my code (most copied from frits) but my robot just goes forward and back, sometimes sideways about 2 centimetres. Can you post anything wrong in the code that may help to fix this problem

navigate using servo mounted sharp IR sensors
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Hello fellow builders. Here is the robot I have been working on. I call him the cardboard cruiser. It's basically a start here bot with my own code. Not very … Read more

Picaxe18x vs Picaxe28x

Hello, I am new to this site and i have ordered parts for my first robot. But i am second guessing myself- Should I have gotten the expensive 28x like i did or gotten the 18x? As this is my first robot, I'm guessing it won't be to complicated. Thanks!! :)

My StartHere references

For future reference, and my own convinience, I'm posting all the links that are nice to have available when trying to make a StartHere-bot with a SRF05 quickly.

Start here (the test program should be servo 0,150 <enter> pause 500 <enter>)

Start here 2

Picaxe 28x1 guide

connecting the SRF05

USB Picaxe cable installation