Last night I finished my first, well second robot! The first one I made was a Legos one but this is the first one I had to really put the electronic parts together! On the lego robot, everything was together in the brain and I just built the rest of it.
This one was partially started. I took the pieces, assembled it with a bit of swearing, especially when I pulled a couple of wires and had to re solder them. But with a bit of persistence, I got it done.
I popped in the two batteries, found the switch and wonder of wonder! The light came on indicating the circuits were functional. I was so afraid I'd get it together and it wouldn't work at all. After reading the programming directions, I managed to input a sample program and the little creature moved around the kitchen floor! Yeah! I did it!
It is designed to have each step put in. You push the forward button six times, enter, turn left six times, enter, go straight 6 times, etc. I'm still learning to clear the program so I can start again but it is all one step at a time.
I hope to get a short video of it moving later in the week but I made my first step! I know I sound like a kid who finally rode a bike for the first time without falling but this is my bike riding in electronics.
Just think, today a small robot, tomorrow, the world!