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  • FWB 18 Jul 2012 16:33:43 52,056 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 13,564 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 52,056 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 13,564 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 52,056 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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