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xx2747
05-23-2009, 07:29 PM
Hello,
I'm thinking about making a biped robot but don't know what microcontroller to use.
I have no programming experience(even struggling with roboBASIC) but I'm planning on learning BASIC by myself.
I was thinking BotBoard II or Axon but any suggestions?

Thanks

lnxfergy
05-23-2009, 08:18 PM
What type of servos? Standard hobby servos, or something serial based like Bioloid Ax-12s?

Also, what do you intend to have the robot do? Do you want to make it autonomous, or are you just going to control it wirelessly (and by PC or via a PS2 controller or the like....)?

-Fergs

xx2747
05-23-2009, 11:09 PM
Thanks for the reply
It's going to be autonomous and will have about 6~8 analog servos

lnxfergy
05-23-2009, 11:16 PM
Thanks for the reply
It's going to be autonomous and will have about 6~8 analog servos

So pretty much an autonomous BRAT (http://www.lynxmotion.com/Product.aspx?productID=642&CategoryID=97), in which case, the BotBoard II will probably be sufficient as that is what ships with it....

While I would normally be a huge advocate of the AVR architecture, the Axon would almost certainly require you to use C, rather than BASIC (any particular reason you want to do BASIC?). It's also probably overkill for such a project, something along the lines of an Arduino could suffice for 6 servos (hmm.. maybe a Roboduino http://www.trossenrobotics.com/roboduino.aspx). But again, you'd be using C.

-Fergs

xx2747
05-24-2009, 12:22 AM
Thanks,
But what's the difference between C and BASIC?
Is there a particular reason I should start out with BASIC if I don't know anything about programming?
I don't know if BBII will support HS-81s though.

Adrenalynn
05-24-2009, 12:41 AM
It'll support any PWM driven servo.

As far as C vs BASIC, that's years worth of posting. I'd suggest Google.