Buy an Axon, Axon II, or Axon Mote and build a great robot, while helping to support SoR.
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I'd say start with an arduino as they are easy on beginners and expandable so you won't outgrow it really quick. They're also pretty cheap too for what you get.Don't give up on more basic IC though. You'll be using them for the rest of your electronic adventures.
that software for PIC controllers is not free as opposed to AVR.
"MPLAB C Compilers (free student editions available for download) "Free with limitations, excuse me.
Skip C until you learn assembler. Assembler will teach you much more about how uController really do work....
Skip C until you learn assembler. Assembler will teach you much more about how uController really do work.
A bit over a decade ago, I liked the Fairchild ACE controllers (but sadly, they went out),
I liked those, too. It was funny, though, at the time there was such a push by Fairchild and my local distributor to find every PIC application known and re-do it with an ACE. Basically show everyone that the ACE is the new PIC.
I joked at the time that had I jammed a PIC into my eye and walked up to my Fairchild guy, he would have jammed two ACE chips into his eye just to one-up Microchip.