I've noticed that there are two basic camps of hobby roboticists. PC
controlled robots builders and builders of completely autonomous robots
(brain-on-board). I'm in the PC controlled camp.
The last time I worked with a robotics kit was in the late 1980's. I used
two PC's (one MS-DOS and the other Windows 3.1) to control a robotic arm I
assembled from the Robix kit series.
In other words, I am completely out of touch. :)
I want a reasonably priced easy to assemble or pre-assembled mobile robot
platform that, through a wireless link, can transmit sensor data and receive
motor commands. The brains will be almost entirely on the PC. I'd like the
platform to be flexible and easy to modify when it comes to adding and
removing sensors. I also would like to be able to attach a small robotic
arm (at most a few pounds in weight) to the platform. In other words, I am
not looking to build an industrial strength robot (or a miniature robot
either), but a small fun mobile robot that can do a few tricks and maybe
pick up a small item or two.
I'd like it to be "friendly" to the Open Source robot control "Player"
package: http://playerstage.sourceforge.net/ . (If "Player" is not the best
way to interface to a robot platform, then let me know if there is something