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In my opinion, your site (no offense intended) is overly focused on low-level electronics and not enough on algorithms and more advanced robotics (past the hobby/toy stage).
The tutorials in this page are a bit superficial. They are very good for newcomers but but when you really want to do some thing beyond they are useless(sorry for the word, no offence at all)
Perhaps links to various AI tutorials, and more focus on more advanced problems/solutions. I think that topics like neural networks, genetic programming, clustering, classification are all very useful for robotics, and deserve some treatment.
at least a Programming forum would be a good start
I name the robot the name of a girl, a make it cute, I try try to avoid manly ways of solve problems and so on.
I think one of the big problem in robotics, in general, is that there tends to be a disjunction between the "robot builder" (engineering) community, and the AI community. I don't just mean here, but all over the web... And even at my university. The AI people work on some very narrow AI problems, using some highly reductive simulations... And on the next floor up, the engineering people work on building robots for special purposes... They do get together sometimes, but definitely not often enough. There are more girls in the AI (CS) part, less in the engineering dept.
a forum dedicated to programming (not the same thing as software in general).
The ideas behind genetic programming, neural networks, etc, are usually not that complex... Fairly easy to pick-up... And many papers basically give you recipes to replicate their results (make your own car that drives itself!).
I thin what Tsukubadaisei meant is that your tutorials are overly specialized. You're not giving enough say, theoretical background, or examining the problem from a wide enough angle, so that the ideas can easily be applied to more complex projects.
To sum my point... I think you should shift the focus from "How to build a robot tutorial" (in reference to your webpage title) to "Making robots", "Creating robots", or a little bit of both.
I think most of my older tutorials covered the specialized tasks, and my newer ones will be more theory from now on. From now on Ill include additional theory with my future tutorials, and implement the theory using the $50 robot so anyone can use my source code right away. Is this what you guys want?
I totally didnt see this coming . . . Ok so SoR used to get a lot of complaints about not being specialized enough. For example, check the hundreds of posts on computer vision - they dont just want theory but want specialized instructions . . . The reason for the $50 robot was because dozens of people complained about not having a detailed step-by-step tutorial . . .
Probably part of the problem is that Im just one person trying to write about the entire field of robots to people ranging from complete novices to experts
Once my robot platform is working... Perhaps I can make a tutorial about that, if you're interested. It's more like a $1000 robot, but it will be able to run any kind of algorithm and do extensive vision processing.
hmm. your probably way ahead of me here.
QuoteQuoteProbably part of the problem is that Im just one person trying to write about the entire field of robots to people ranging from complete novices to expertsso you shouldn't have to do it all yourself.
basic tutorials i think people need for PICs and AVRs (in no particular order): "Hello World" flashing LED program and circuit. basic I/O. (including MOSFET example for driving higher loads.) UART communication (to controll your microcontroller from a PC). how to use a timer. how to use an interupt.any others?
I know it is mostly constructive criticism, but I'm kinda upset at people complaining about Admin's hard work, and all the great tutorials he has written for us. If you don't like the way he wrote the tutorial then modify it and get admin to post it up, so there will be many views on the same subject.
QuoteOnce my robot platform is working... Perhaps I can make a tutorial about that, if you're interested. It's more like a $1000 robot, but it will be able to run any kind of algorithm and do extensive vision processing.Im definitely interested! I think quite a few other people who want vision on their robots are also interested I believe Somchaya will be working on a similar tutorial?
So my next project in mind is to create a simple microcontroller thingy with a ATmega644. I'm basing it off Admin's $50 robot, and some other tutorials I've seen online. If all goes well, I'll have something that will let me control servos and I/O from sensors relatively cheaply.