Let's Make Robots!

Defined "Roles"

The following roles now exist and appear to be functional:

Node Admin - able to edit node content
Super Node Admin - able to edit node types and forums
Site Admin - able to do whatever they want

Follow me carrying a 30kg child.
Using a
    2008-05-18 The deal is, this 'bot will (hopefully) follow me around. For me the challenge is to do something bigger than Lego scale.   So far, I have … Read more
Learn from first principles how to select and program virgin PICs in RISC assembly.
Using a
What's one of those? A Microchip PIC is an example of a microcontroller. Basically, a tiny but very complete computer in a single chip. The PICs have their own … Read more

Microchip (PIC) RISC Assembler

For anyone who wants to try assembler instead of that girly BASIC stuff some folk are always raving about, this is the place.

RISC assembler programmed into PICs by In-Circuit Serial Programming using home-built programmers for under $20 is my thing.

Ask me questions.

Now, this maybe belongs under the 4 elements. Does it go under programming or electronics? Naw. I'd say it's another "system". Is anyone able or inclined to move it to that container?

What do you need?

Where do I get it?

It's a free download from Microchip. That's the nice people who will also send you the free engineering samples.

CDs - Just plain old regular CDs

I have several thousand CDs. Mostly Microsoft updates and covers discs off magazines. These might make good wheels for robots. They definitely make good heads for robots.

Diodes, Signal, 1N418

I have about 100 1N418 signal diodes. I'm not desperately keen to get rid of them, so make me a good offer.

Jack Sockets, 3.5mm, Mono, Panel mount

THOUSANDS of these. Don't ask.

Magnetic Reed Switches (Aleph)

200 Aleph magnetic reed switches. You bring a magnet clsoe to them and the switch closes. Might be used for a rotation sensor or something.

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Where does this stuff all come from?