June 20, 2012
Since I'm really pretty new I don't even know where to begin with this one. I've only been window shopping so far as I pass by the robotics aisle at Fry's Electronics. I'm always fascinated by the wide array of robotics kits and stamp kits that are available today and think, gee I didn't have these when I was a kid. Well I'm kind of a big kid now and I think robotics is the wave of the future and running across resources like this just further validate that sentiment. It really reminds me of the early days of computer electronics and being a programmer all of my life I think it's a natural creative outlet to be able to build an actual automaton.
I'm a complete noob so I'm really open to any experience with robotics I can get. I've been a software engineer all of my life (since 1980) and have long had an interest in artificial intelligence for several reasons not the least of which has been video gaming which is really where I first learned about the concepts of fuzzy logic and neural networks. I've been following the progression of artificial intelligence for a couple of decades now and I'm impressed with the strides in progress that have been made. I want to apply these principles to an automaton which I suppose is the ultimate goal but for now I'll be happy with simple computer controlled devices like I've already suggested a simple computer controlled telescope that is affordable would be nice.
At first I really just hope to meet others that share my interest and fascination with robotics and learn about the hobby like what hardware to choose, who makes the best peripherals and where to get a good deal on these parts as I don't have a lot of money to spend on this hobby but I feel finding others that share this interest will help motivate me to get started.
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