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  • FWB 18 Jul 2012 16:33:43 52,180 posts
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    Righto, I feel I need a new hobby/toy and I thought I'd have a look at messing about with some mini robots. Does anybody do this? I'd quite like to get a few basic robots I can assemble and perhaps program (with the computer?). Where/what would be a good to start?

    The eventual aim is to get something to fly around my apartment/room, but I'm guessing I'll start with something ickle that can just navigate a bit.
  • sport 18 Jul 2012 16:43:25 13,608 posts
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    Where do you start? Easy - Lego Mindstorms.
  • megastar 18 Jul 2012 16:44:23 17,239 posts
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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAULIE
  • FWB 18 Jul 2012 16:48:19 52,180 posts
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    Aye, the Mindstorm does look excellent, but not sure I want to drop 260 before I've dabbled in it all. Is there anything else that is a nice start?
  • sport 18 Jul 2012 16:54:26 13,608 posts
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    FWB wrote:
    Aye, the Mindstorm does look excellent, but not sure I want to drop 260 before I've dabbled in it all. Is there anything else that is a nice start?
    Keep an eye on Amazon though. It's weird but the NXT 2.0 does come down to about 170 every so often. They usually get snapped up then, then the price shoots back up.

    I came close to nabbing one recently from Argos for 130, but lost out to the HUKD crowd.

    Edit: Also, looks like you can pre-order an NXT 2.0 for 210 from firebox.com - still a bit high but cheaper at least.

    I'll definitely be getting one later this year for myself and my boy. Winter afternoons are gonna be fun \o/

    Edited by sport at 16:58:07 18-07-2012
  • FWB 18 Jul 2012 17:02:52 52,180 posts
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    When/If I get a kid I can justify the 260 a lot more. For now I'll have to wait for a price drop. Thanks though.
  • MightyMouse 18 Jul 2012 18:40:06 1,161 posts
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    You can start the programming part now. There are lots of mapped environments that you can use.

    http://www.ros.org/wiki/
  • ronuds 18 Jul 2012 19:01:38 21,783 posts
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    I'm guessing Asimo is out of the conversation?
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