Buy an Axon, Axon II, or Axon Mote and build a great robot, while helping to support SoR.
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I prefer the seeeduino series. They have standard header spacing options, so you arent locked into the expensive arduino shields, you can just make your own.The original arduino has no special features and is rather bulky and more expensive, as they are made in italy. Basically, why spend 35 on an original when you can get a seeeduino mega for just $10 more
Either at nkcelectronics for fast shipping, or get it directly from the manufacturer at seeedstudio.com
Thanks guys, they all sound good, @Joker: do you know where I can buy the original? Thanks, Andyspins
Quote from: Andysins on August 27, 2010, 07:48:48 AMThanks guys, they all sound good, @Joker: do you know where I can buy the original? Thanks, Andyspinsebay is the best bet. i've gotten them for $24 +free shipping in buy it nows.
I'd say go for an authentic Arduino Duemilanove or Mini (depending on what size constraints you have). Why an authentic Arduino? Well, I say support the folks that are developing the Arduino platform so they continue to provide us with this technology.
The standard 328 is fine.
as for the ebay arduinos, some clones are fine they work but you get some dodgy ones that dont work or dont have the same quality of arduino. by going for a clone your not saving much money really. arduino is an open source based board so it is already really well priced. therefor for a board of equivalent value and quality you probably wouldnt save money.Yes the seeedduino is a self contained board. no other accessories needed. although i am not sure if it comes with the USB cable, some arduinos do and some dont.
There is no clone for the Axon. The only way to get it free is to win a tutorial contest. The current one ends on August 31st, but you need to already have an Axon to participate. I would suggest to get an Arduino (Mega is similar with the Axon, but does not have the 3 pin headers for servos, you need a shield) of your preference, then build a robot and participate in the next tutorial contest.
any type of robot. theoretically there could be a 4 grand ROV they can do heaps of cool things but shows no ingenuity or originality up against a line following robot with a brilliant new algorithm making the bot extremely accurate and efficient that only cost $40 to build.i am not saying this will happen but it is a possibility. develop any type of robot but instead of looking at someone else'e project and thinking 'that will do ok, i'll just use that' look at and think how can i make that better, more efficiently,make it my own.for people that have been reading robot magazines, electronics and robotics journals and forums find original ideas that are new and something not yet thought of much more interesting than seeing a robot that has been build from other robots idea, built by the book you may say. (if you get my idea)
Thanks! Also when does the contest after the one ending on the 31st start?
I agree with Admin, the Roboduino is great.Its really efficient and worry-free to connect servos and sensors.Although you cant just plug in arduino shields, a package of these or these will solve that problem.