Getting Started in Robotics

by Kodie
(United States)


I have been wondering how to get started in robotics but I'm not sure how. Do you think you can give me some advice or suggestions on how to progress in robotics?

What I mean by that is which way to start out first and what to do after that to create an artificial intelligent robot that is capable of learning and/or can be trained to do a certain task. I should also note that I have no programming experience nor have I ever programmed a robot. I only know a large amount of info on robots. Please reply back. Thank you for your time and have a great day! ^^

Sebastien's answer

Hello Kodie

I suggest you take a look at How to Choose Your First Robot?

It helps you decide which type of robot suits to start out. I think you should look at something like the OWI robotic arm kit, or some Lego robots. It makes it easy to build your robot, and they both come with a software to simplify the programming.

I talk about Lego robots on this page too, check it out. You also have this page about teaching robotics to kids, that may have some good advice.

As you get used to have fun with them, you can also learn real programming languages to improve your robot programming skills even more.

Another way to start for free is to learn programming online (there are unlimited resources to get started). Try to focus on AI topics, like creating programs that solve mazes or play Sudoku and Tic-Tac-Toe. These skills are also needed to program Artificial Intelligence on robots.

I am not sure how old you are. But if you can, you should really spend the money to get a robotic kit, if you want to make it a hobby. Think of it like a tennis man who needs to buy a racket to get started!

If you are still a teenager, get it for Christmas or your birthday. Tell your parents it is fun AND educational.

I hope this advice helps you getting started.

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