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Offline PyskTopic starter

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I am a begginer in robotics. My question is how to get started. I plan on ordering two begginers in robotics books from amazon. ( Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots
by Gareth Branwyn and Robot Building for Beginners by David Cook) I know I am supposed to join a robotics club, but my school doesn't have one or a club that is anywhere near close to the subject matter of robotics. Also I was wondering if I should read any books on basic electronics or anything like that.

If you guys have any advice on how I should get started or what I should do first please tell me.


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I was thinking that I would make the  $50 robot on this site. It would be my first robot. If you guys think I should make something else my first time please tell me.
 
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Offline izaktj

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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2009, 12:34:40 AM »
Build the $50 robot mate ;)

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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2009, 11:53:13 AM »
I agree with izaktj, the best starting robot is the $50 or if you wanted something easier do an RC robot, just atatch servo's and battery to a reciver in which the crystal matches your transmitter control (this may sound hard at first, but its like 10x easier than the 50$)
My first robot is going to be the $50 then im going to do an RC second, but you can do wtv =D.

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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2009, 12:43:07 AM »
Yeah, any books you can lay your hands on too. Mostly electronics  :)

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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2009, 01:43:45 AM »
Got it, thanks guys, have one of you actually buitl the $50 robot. If so how was the experience, and much did it really cost?
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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2009, 12:46:49 PM »
mine cost 60 so far (parts are being ordered now)


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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2009, 01:47:53 PM »
Don't by books just yet, its actually best to have some hands on expirience with a robot kit, or try to build something simple from scratch, like remote controlled cars, etc.. I bought a robotics book a long time ago and never finished reading it was just too fundamental. 

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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2009, 01:57:14 PM »
mine cost 60 so far (parts are being ordered now)

60!!!! thats expensive for the $50 robot
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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2009, 06:29:55 PM »
mine cost 60 so far (parts are being ordered now)


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Hey - not unusual. You've probably, like most people, got some start-up costs. Soldering iron, solder, wire, nuts, bolts etc. Having got all this stuff - how much do you think your second (identical) robot would cost?
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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2009, 12:59:44 AM »
My second robot will be MUCH cheaper, (btw the 60 exlcudes the soldering iron, which is like 11), my next robot is going to basicly be the $50 robot but RC, i belive RC is just made of a reciver, transmitter, and you plug all servo's and battery in the reciver, isnt it?

i can use the parts out of $50, (after taking pics + vids and changing programs ect...) (hopefully all i need from it is battery + servo's.)


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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2009, 02:09:13 PM »
mine cost 60 so far (parts are being ordered now)


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Hey - not unusual. You've probably, like most people, got some start-up costs. Soldering iron, solder, wire, nuts, bolts etc. Having got all this stuff - how much do you think your second (identical) robot would cost?

oops, forgot about start up costs.  :D
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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2009, 08:36:24 PM »
I feel your pain, dude.

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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2009, 09:46:32 PM »
Junkbots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels. Excellent book detailing BEAM robotics. Personally, I think BEAM is the most interesting form of robotics, as well as being *Normally* the easiest and cheapest! ;)

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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2009, 10:10:23 AM »
It is best to start cheap and just dive in.  Find something that you specifically want to do with your bot and go for it!

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Re: I'm a begginer and I need some advice on how to start in robotics.
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2009, 04:26:57 PM »
Also try Lets make robots start here robot, it is also really easier

 


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