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Name: Jeremy Adams
Member since: 2005-07-07 03:48:50
Last Login: 2007-09-14 00:07:32

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I am a beginner in robotics in its purest sense but I do have 10+ years of experience in mechanical engineering and computer science. I would like to build a competition robot for DPRG contests but am currently hindered by knowing where to spend my time and money. Since I'm not much of a EE I am looking for some help to get started with the electronic hardware. Did I mention that I participated in Battlebots with a friend from Houston? While I realize that some don't consider this robotics (R/C hobby), it still gave me some valuable experience in the base components of robotics. I am not currently a member of DPRG but have attended many meetings. I would like to get to know more of the DPRG guys but there is not much social interaction at the monthly meetings. I feel like I understand opposite ends of robotics -- mechanical hardware and software. I don't feel like I understand much of the middle -- electronic hardware. I'd like to team with someone to learn more about the electronic hardware. I also feel like the robots.net guys should consider using RSS 2.0 with enclosures and create podcasts. I really enjoying listening to podcasts on my way to work and haven't seen any dealing with robotics. You could probably get setup in iTunes and gain a wide audience but be sure to stick to the topic of robotics. The last thing I like hearing about on some other tech podcasts are personal commentary about non-technical matters such as politics and love life. I am also interested in getting a pilot's license. Torn between the two hobbies of flying and robotics I guess I will soon have to put my money where my mouth is and get going with one or the other or both??? Great site! Thanks for providing it.

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Planning on checking out flight schools this weekend. I am also looking into PIC vs. Basic Stamps for a robot to enter in DPRG contests.

My current hardware on hand is an old laptop, part of a Battlebot, and a SSC . I was going to use the SSC with Wifi to control the Battlebot but ran into a snag when so much of the development was contingent on Windows. I found some drivers in Mac and Linux but haven't had the time to test them.

I'd really like to develop something like the hovering monkeys .

 

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