I've been building hobby level robots off and on since I was in my early teens, and like everyone here, I am very passionate about it. One of the problems I have now is that I haven't been able to come up with something new to build for the past year or so, or rather a reason to build it. I mean, lets face it, how many ways are there to build a kitty killing robot, right? So I have been inventing for a while, which has been fulfilling, but not like building a good working robot. And with inventing, I can't share my ideas beyond a closed circle, and I really like sharing ideas.
I came up with an idea to jump start the robotic creative juices, and I am hoping you folk here at SoR might find it interesting. I started a personal blog about a month or so ago and have a bunch of theory ideas, how-tos and such to post on the subject of robotics (there are other oddball things in my blog as well aside from robotics), but thought I might combine a bunch of those future robotics posts into one sort of tutorial that, once complete, I can submit back over here to the repository that is SoR.
So here's my idea, using voting mechanisms and commenting, give everyone else the ability to design the robot that I will build in incremental steps. A round of design ideas is presented and I get to share my knowledge by covering theory and practice on a given step, then build the portion of the robot for that step (if required) providing a writeup of the build, followed by another round of design until the robot is built. At which point I compile and edit all those blog entries into one big happy tutorial on whatever the heck everyone voted on and submit it back over here.
Sound interesting at all to anyone?