41812Re: Where does one get started?
- Mar 1, 2004
> I hate to be one to ask such a general question, but being newWelcome aboard! It is great to see some new blood. No need to
> to robotics, where should I begin? What should I read? What
> should I study? What projects should I try?
disparage yourself about asking general questions. The great thing
about this group is that both the beginner and the expert are equally
My recommendation on reading is to start with the following three
books. Junkbots will give you a terrific introduction into the Beam
philosophy and provide several practical projects. Absolute Beginners
covers some beginner questions not answered in Junkbots (such a
breadboarding), and gives a good run down on who's who in robotics
research. After you have cut your teeth on both of these books, you
might be hungering for some details and formulas. David Cook's Robot
Building book is a good follow up as it goes into incredible depth on
key topics such as batteries, motors, and LEDs.
My recommendation on building is as follows: the solaroller, the
Herbie, light-seeking head, 2-motor walker, and BeamAnt from the
Junkbots book. The 1-motor walker and the CD-bot from Absolute
Beginners. If you are like me, you might want to skip the
microprocessor on the CD-bot and put on a breadboard instead.
Finally, the Sandwich line-follower from Robot Building.
Incidentally, if you are into robot competitions, then you should
check out the Eastern Canadian Robot Games (www.robotgames.ca). The
solaroller, walker, and Sandwich line-follower robots are all
Hope that helps,
J Wolfgang Goerlich
"Junkbots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels" by Dave Hrynkiw
"Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots" by Gareth Branwyn
"Robot Building for Beginners" by David Cook
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