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Caleb Kraft
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Caleb Kraft   10/10/2013 1:01:31 PM
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I'd say to just start off with a couple DC motors and a motor shield to controll them You can do most of what the other platforms offer on your own with minimal effort. You can print a fancy round frame for it if you really want one.

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Max The Magnificent   10/10/2013 2:45:02 PM
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@Caleb: I'd say to just start off with a couple DC motors and a motor shield to controll them...

I have to say that, having looked around, I tend to agree -- I'm looking around at motors and suchlike as we speak -- but I'm still open to suggestions :-)

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Rcurl   10/10/2013 4:55:18 PM
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If you're willing to build it from the ground up, look here:

http://www.servocity.com/ They've got an excellent collection of motors, brackets, gears, etc.

For kits and mechanical parts I've had good luck with these folks:

http://www.lynxmotion.com/

http://www.pololu.com/

...and of course there are the old standbys:

https://www.sparkfun.com/categories/31

http://www.jameco.com/Jameco/robot/robotstore.html

http://parallax.com/catalog/robotics

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elizabethsimon   10/10/2013 5:06:48 PM
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Digilent has some interesting parts...

http://www.digilentinc.com/Products/Catalog.cfm?NavPath=2,403&Cat=11

I like the flat plate with holes to mount things to...

 

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Max The Magnificent   10/10/2013 5:10:46 PM
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@elizabethsimon: ...I like the flat plate with holes to mount things to...

Who wouldn't? LOL

I'm thinking of using something similar -- thank sfor sharing th eDigilnet link -- I hadn't thought of them

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Max The Magnificent   10/10/2013 5:17:01 PM
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@rcurl: If you're willing to build it from the ground up...

That's pretty much what I've decided to do -- these are GREAT links -- thanks for sharing -- Max

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The Turtle looks good
willb6   10/12/2013 1:10:40 AM
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I like the look of the two-wheeled Turtle from DFRobot, along with their 2A dual motor controller.

The MAKE Rovera, which got one negative review, is actually a bigger, more expensive kit that appears to include the Turtle along with some other stuff, so I wouldn't let that one negative review cloud the DFRobot offering.

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Garcia-Lasheras   10/12/2013 9:49:55 AM
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@Max: If you are ready to build your own robot from the ground up, let me offer my own approach.

I'm a LEGO fan since I was little child, and when I need to prototype something similar to a robot, I use to attach some bricks to the MCU boards until I get a nice Frankenstein-like thingy.

The last time I used LEGO plus electronics, I was trying to build a helicopter form factor drone: I bought a simple and big RC helicopter, a wifi enabled webcam and some LEGO Technics boxes to update my collection -- of course, the helicopter was destroyed in the first test flight ;-)

NOTE: In addition to LEGO Technics, now there are available kits for robotics such Mindstorm and NXT.

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Re: The Turtle looks good
Max The Magnificent   10/14/2013 10:15:26 AM
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@willb6: I like the look of the two-wheeled Turtle from DFRobot, along with their 2A dual motor controller.

Thanks for the feedback, but I've sort of gone a different way -- I found an interesting base with three wheels (those strange wheels that have sub wheels on the main wheels) -- then I found a motor controller from AdaFruit that control four motors -- I'll be writing all of this up in a future blog.

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Re: The Turtle looks good
willb6   10/14/2013 4:41:02 PM
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I am eagerly looking forward to that post! -- Will

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