Ok first of all, I consider myself a noob when it comes to robotics. I am in my highschool robotics club as a programmer (I did at least 80% - 90% of our coding) and I have been using C++ since I was 12... (Im 16) so I am pretty fluent in C++. So what if I know how to program a robot? I don't know how to solder and stuff. A bit lacking on the hardware knowledge, so I came here. I want a cheap microprocessor to start with. Has to be programmed in C/C++, I am doing it for my own pleasure and practice, I didn't want to get Arduino because its coded in pseudo C/C++ like Arduino language... My robotics team is a FIRST team, so I had to program in Java, which I don't like. but I tried Edubot, which I like, just plug in the PWMs and Digital I/O where its labeled, and upload code and have fun... I want something like that, but I can't find Edubot anywhere... My first robot project will probably will be an omni drive bot. about 2 x 2 feet using 4 motors (now what kind of motors are controlled by PWMs? LOL I am a noob. Is it servos?) using an aluminum frame that I dont have to weld or anything, the kinds with holes in them that you just bolt together.
The axon look like it has all I need, but Its on the pricey side for me... any cheaper alternatives?