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James N.


Escondido, CA
Hometown: Williams, OR

Member since:

November 6, 2013


Have you built any robots yet? If yes, please describe.

1 when I was a kid, with my fathers help. About 2'x3'x3' metal tube frame with a Cosmac Elf RCA 1802 uC (256 bytes, not kbytes, of RAM). Powered by a car battery with a center tap for + and - 6 volt power. Relays for fwd and reverse and big darlingtons for speed. Steering on the single powered wheel mounted center front, and two followers in the back left and right corner. Quite and education. I've also built many lego and simple robots with my kids. Nothing so fancy as what my dad did. Now I'm working on a different sort of robot:

Are you more interested in autonomous or remote-controlled robots?

Half way between. Directed remotely, but with some local autonomy.

Do you prefer building from standardized parts or machining your own?

If a standard part is available, and cheap, that's always best. But if I need something special, 3D printing is the way to go.

Are you interested in robot competitions?

Not really. Fun to watch.


I'm a jack of all trades, master of very little. I'm good with firmware, digital electronics, and simple analog electronics and hardware. OpenSCAD. MSP430. CCS. PIC. C/Asm. Stepper Motor Control/Drivers. Protel 99.

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Just excellent!

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