I just spent hundreds of AUD dollars on a robot kit from CCS ( as in CCS C compiler ),and it looks very cheap ( in quality ), am VERY unhappy and I feel ripped off. I would return it, but I paid over AUD $100 in customs duty to get it here - so I would lose that. After receiving the kit, I discovered that it is only suitable for use on smooth surfaces, so it's no use even on carpet.
I DON'T recommend the CCS Robotics Development Kit unless you have a large budget and just want a controller board that does have some good on-board components and a few example programs.
It is pretty much a lemon as a robotics kit - stay clear of it.
Where in Melbourne can you get robotics stuff? I have the problem of finding it hard to source materials like aluminium rod, bar and sheet. Also, I would need to buy some tools and set up a workshop in the laundry. Convincing my mother to let me do that is a project in itself.
Yeah, I have that compiler, but because I am new to PICs, I found the support and examples weren't very helpful. So I just got a CCS C compiler, and that's OK, as there is a very good support forum.
The local Civic Amenity Tip is a good source of raw material; I have a good collection of the above mentioned but am now being outlawed as a hoarder! I simply don`t have time these days to turn it into a Robot (any TIME TIPS would be usefull please). If you work on a micro-scale, the desk-top is an adequate area for everything (no Bull...); look at those mini chopper things. Just pay more Rent (most women circum to this kind of bribary).