Mr. General questions
July 11, 2010
I've been looking into building a robot, and I found the Start Here robot and this site. I liked it, but after looking around more I discovered the Mr. General kit, which seems to be more versatile for about the same price. It's also more complicated and doesn't come with a handy step-by-step set of instructions to completion. I'm not that experienced, but not a complete novice at this sort of thing-- I've made a 555 based dice roller and a (mostly nonworking due to wheel issues) simple light follower. I can solder, read resistors, and know not to put LEDs in backwards. I've done BASIC programming, but it was years ago in high school.
I've basically got two questions: First, what sort of difficulties am I going to run into with the Mr. General that I'd avoid with the Start Here Robot. Second, know I need a CPU, and I was planning on getting a PICAXE chip (what version would be best? 28x1?) and a cable for it. What else will I need? Do I need a recieving plug for the USB cord? Any other parts to connect the chip to the servos or the sensors? I've got resistors, diodes, and caps.