Well im new to SOR, interested in robotics, and im about to start mech eng.
Ive have played with prebuilt RC stuff before, i can solder anything, given a good schematic, i can weld, but when it comes to figuring the electrical limits and value, im pretty much lost.
So to get into the field, i want to make a small/sold prototyping platform (anywhere from say 5-35 lbs) that i will RC first, so i can try out some drive trains, wheel and tread systems, so i can then get a feel for how things need to move when i start programming. Id like to start with rc, and then once i start programming, id like to be able to mount one of my netbooks ( max of 5lbs) using usb motor controllers or servo controllers ? i havnt thought that far ahead yet, as id like to get a solid mechanical platform to start with.
I do need some help picking out some good motors and controllers to start with. Id like something speedy, with some power too. ( assume end weight from 5-35 lbs, assume any power level, 2 or 4 wheel drive, or tread, which i assume will need more powerful motors)