I am completly new here, and to the world of robotics. I have just started to get interested in robots actually. How? Well I stumbled upon Sony's QRIO (http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/QRIO/
) a couple of days ago and thought to myself "wouldn't it be awesome to be able to make something that moves!". Now I know that robot (any for that matter) would be no easy task, so I've been looking around for a Robot Kit to get me started. Thanks to the thread at http://www.parallax.com/detail.asp?product_id=28832
, I think I may have found my first Robot (http://www.parallax.com/detail.asp?product_id=28832
Now I know nothing about making robots and how they work bar from the tutorial on this site. I know you have to code it and somehow the code talks to a chip which talks to whatever it wants to (motors/lights and whatnot). Is that what they call STAMP? Anyway, what I'd like to do is purchase this Robot Kit (a bit pricey, but hey
) and build it. What I would eventually like to make a robot that drives around the house by itself, dodging obstacles and returning to my room when the battery starts to get low. I guess it would need to know a map of my house somehow so it can go to a room you specify. Now for some advice. Is this insainly hard for a beginner? My intention here is not to be rude and disrespectful (in the way that saying robots are easy, because I have no idea), but to learn, to start from the bottom and slowly work my way up.
What I would like to know is what spec computer do you need to code the Robot with. You see, I own an iMac G5 running the latest OS X, Tiger. Can you code robots through the Mac system, or do you need a PC. I do have a PC (P4, 1.5 with 128mb RAM), but I tend to use my Mac for design. For code experience, I have experience with Macros in Word/Excel/AutoCAD using Microsoft VB (or whatever it is that comes with Office), html, css, php and actionscript (Macromedia Flash). Can I code it from my iMac, or do I need to get out that 'ol PC?
What is the point of this topic you say? I was just wondering what direction to take in terms of learning Robotics. My guess is start with that Robot Kit, then try and make my own that can wonder around dodging obstacles, know where it is in the house and return when the battery is low. As you would have much more experience than me, what steps do you suggest I take?
Edit: Maybe I should state that I have finished High School (19 next month), so I'm not a total beginner in Maths or Science. I actually did Tech (Metal/Wood/Plastic) in Senior High, so I could make parts with that also (chasis for example).
Sony's QRIO for those who don't know.