Where should I start on building a robot?

Okay, I understand that as a beginner, I should start off with a kit, but which kit will I gain the most knowledge from? I don’t want a 3-4 hour fun experience that leaves me with a completed $150 robot on my shelf, I want a project that I can really learn from so that I’ll be in the right direction when I start building my next robot. I hope to get a kit that requires lots of work!

I would start with this web site:
http://www.societyofrobots.com/

I think you don’t need a kit if you can keep the objectives of your first robot simple. I assume you probably do not have the correct tools and supplies, so I think for your first robot you can build it for a couple hundred bucks. Kits are fine, but if you really want to learn how something works then you have to research it, design it, and build it yourself. In fact I think most of the learning for a project like this comes from the planning and design phase rather than construction, which you would totally miss with a kit because there the design is already done. Then the second robot will be easier.

Good luck with it.

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  1. I would start with this web site:
    http://www.societyofrobots.com/

    I think you don’t need a kit if you can keep the objectives of your first robot simple. I assume you probably do not have the correct tools and supplies, so I think for your first robot you can build it for a couple hundred bucks. Kits are fine, but if you really want to learn how something works then you have to research it, design it, and build it yourself. In fact I think most of the learning for a project like this comes from the planning and design phase rather than construction, which you would totally miss with a kit because there the design is already done. Then the second robot will be easier.

    Good luck with it.
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  2. Hey BranceHY….Skipping from beginner to expert is not generally the preferred road..If you went to the Dentist and he told you " Anesthetic ..???? I skipped all that and went straight to cavity drilling" You might want someone who had some time on giving out pain meds…Maybe not..Its a little like that when you build a robot..Money does not always describe the intensity level either. For example a very simple robot is no more than a motor an a circuit that responds to light..always pointing toward the source of the light in the room. This is something you build without a kit for about 25 dollars…Of course you can get a sound activated and voice controlled 6axis machine that will respond to all types of outside stimulus doing a multitude of self initiated events but getting the first one done and operating is a real achievement. You will learn a lot of tech skills on a small project..Reading schematics, assembly instructions the names of the parts and even some motor things like soldering…I guess what I’m trying to say here is that going large is great but develop your skills first….then go DROID…. Have a good one from the E….
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