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  1. Programming - help learning

    Hey everyone,

    I am kinda new to robotics. I have actual built a few in school but all where rc and controllers were premade. I have limited electronics background I have built h-bridges soldered boards together etc. I am extremely lacking in the programming/microcontroller department. I have been reading stuff for weeks and have seen tons of different controllers. I was originally planning on getting an arduino meg 2560 due to the large number of i/o pins and the simple (from what I have seen) programming. I mean most of my prototyping work will be with hobby servos as I have a lot laying around because of old rc stuff and the arduino library seems to make it pretty simple. What I am wondering is how different is the arbotix controller to program and can anyone link me to a sort of how-to/start from the basics source on programming it. Thanks just want to be sure I am gonna like what I get before I buy something and end up getting something different a few weeks later.

  2. Re: Programming - help learning

    If you are ONLY wanting to control RC servos, check out the Pololu servo controllers. They are reasonably priced and have several ways to control servos.

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    Re: Programming - help learning

    I assume one of your reasons for doing this is just to learn programing and for that I definitely recommend the arduino or other avr based micro-controller ie. the arbotix controller. Both the arduino and the arbotix controller can be programmed in the same ide "development environment" and same program language "a form of c and java". As for starting out programing the arduino has a huge community and tons of tutorials just check out the website and you should be able to find enough information to master the arduino Or check out what books amazon has on the arduino.

    The first micro-controller I learned to program was the arduino and although it was difficult at times I was able to master it fairly quickly thanks to all the refined tutorials across the internet.
    Dalton Caughell

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