I’ve had a throat infection over Christmas. I didn’t do as much robotting or programming as I’d hoped I would.
My mother-in-law bought me 123 robotics projects for the evil genius for Christmas and it is a good book of general hints and tips. It sadly doesn’t have any “follow these step by step instructions” to make a giant robot but each individual project will lead you to better knowledge. It also has some really good introductions to programming with PIC Basic.
I managed to fiddle with my Arduino so more and wire up a wheely robot with an IR proximity detector. Unfortunately I didn’t complete it. The final wiring between the Arduino and the hardware kept coming apart and I managed to set my arduino IDE up to program the wrong hardware and that took me about an hour to spot. I need to get back to it soon.
Because of this little set back I browsed the web and spotted Amazon selling the i-Sobot for half price (£100). So I bought one a few days ago and it arrived yesterday. It is really good for it’s size and does a lot of things that have kept me amused for a couple of hours. It isn’t possible to hack it easily but I think I’ll try to wire up an IR transmitter to the same frequency as the i-Sobot so I can send it commands from a PC or from a programmable remote. Programming the i-Sobot remote is a bit fiddly and it is easy to loose what you’ve programmed.