Hello from Southeast Ohio
I am getting very close to retirement and have been looking for a good hobby. I starting writing Python code a couple years ago working on a project with my brother. I was able to develop code that controlled hardware. Last Christmas my wife bought me a 1/16 scale RC tank to build. I enjoyed building the mechanical components and adding the electrical components. I was looking for something new when I found several YouTube channels on robots. This is the first channel that provides a step-by-step approach to teaching/building an autonomous robot. I have already purchased all the hardware to build the frame. I look forward to learning, building, collaborating, and having fun.
Welcome to the community. If you are hoping to build an autonomous robot you'll love it here. And most of us are just like you. Looking to each other for ideas, solutions, and the sharing of our projects. So we're as happy that you have found us as you are. 😊
Thank you. Any suggestions on the best way to start? My thought was to move between the DB1 tutorials and the related experiments (i.e., motor controller, I2C, etc.). I've purchased the material to start building the chassis and adding the basic electronic boards.
Any suggestions on the best way to start?
I would suggest to go with whatever feels right for you. Bill's DB1 project is already much further along than my own personal build. If you can afford to buy the parts I'd say go for it. There are others here who will be building DB1 pretty much as Bill does.
I tend to build scratch-built stuff due to financial restraints. When I do spend the cold hard cash it's usually for electronic components that I simply cannot build from scratch. I have a fairly well equipped woodshop and even a fairly nice metal lathe/mill combo. So I have quite a lot of tools at my disposal for fabrication. Without those resources, building with the parts Bill's using is probably the best way to go.
I just spent a quarter of a grand on a Jetson Nano board. So I'll be recovering from that for some time to come. 😊