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By FluxIt ·
There are an incredible number of robotic websites on the internet having a wide range of components that can plug onto the micro-controllers that include; accelerometers, servors, actuators, compasses, stepper motors, vast array of sensors, and cameras. These micro-controllers can be programmed right from your PC in C++, PBasic, and Java.

Are there any enthusiast on techrepublic who toy around with robotics? Has anyone developed anything interesting?

I am getting into this and t appears to me to be a wide open field that is relatively ignored.

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I've seen it done

by gralfus In reply to ROBOTICS FUN

I haven't done this myself, but a teenager who moved her from Russia was showing me how he was able to control a motor with his PC and a program that he wrote. It seemed pretty cool, but is somewhat outside my realm of hobbying.

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by FluxIt In reply to I've seen it done

outside your realm of hobby's? I found it to be quite cost effective compared to Radio controlled aircraft or video games.

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Because my hobbies are...

by gralfus In reply to WHY IS IT...

gardening and cooking. Not a lot of use for robotics there, at least on the scale I am on.

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Have you checked out Make magazine?

by sMoRTy71 In reply to ROBOTICS FUN

It's a new magazine from O'Reilly that focuses on hacks of all sorts. Their second issue is about to ship on May 10th. From the looks of the cover, there is some stuff on robotics in this issue.

Here is the site:

Here is a Flickr group where Make readers submit photos of their own hacks:


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by FluxIt In reply to ROBOTICS FUN

I have built an electronics bench and several servos, motors, and other devices to go onto the OOPIC microcontroller.

Any information is helpful.

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White Box Robotics

by sMoRTy71 In reply to ROBOTICS FUN

Check out my latest TR blog post about White Box Robotics.


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by jmgarvin In reply to ROBOTICS FUN

They have a cool robotics kit. Also New Mexico Tech has a robotics kit it sells through the EE department.

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