Thursday, January 12, 2012

Amateur robotics: getting started

So, here's the start of a blog series which I plan to use to document my tinkering with my soon-to-arrive Arduino board. For those who don't know, Arduino is an open-source electronics, um, computer board thingy with lots of i/o pins you can used for sensors and effectors. It can also be hooked up to a mobile phone (or cellphone for any North American readers), which can interface with the Arduino board. This can be done using Java, or even Python (thanks to the SL4A interpreter). No phone hacking required!

So I intend to thoroughly document my process, and share it here. This is really for myself, but anyone else who is interested in amateur robotics might be interested in following along my story as a complete newbie at this stuff.

So, the beginning...

I just placed my order for the following items:
 -- http://littlebirdelectronics.com/products/sparkfun-inventors-kit-for-arduino
 -- http://littlebirdelectronics.com/products/magician-chassis
 -- http://littlebirdelectronics.com/products/ioio-for-android
 -- http://littlebirdelectronics.com/products/infrared-proximity-sensor-short-range-sharp-gp2d120xj00f

My hope is to be able to build something like this:
 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9cVSzB8otpU#t=13s

But I'll have to start right from the very beginning:
  -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCxzA9_kg6s