robot at cheap price...

hi
i'm a programmer and i would like to start with robot
i found: Robotics Invention System 2.0 at 300$ i found that expensive....
are there any other solution cheaper?
thanks
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Ok,
What sort of things do you want to do with your robot?
What sort of programming do you : what languages, what type of projects?
How much mechanical work are you willing to do?
Finally, how much are you willing to spend?
Depending on how you answer those questions, there may or may not be path that can be recommended.
Paul Pawelski

expensive....
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catman a ้crit :

i would like to be able to insert code to move the robot
a nice thing should be the robot have a sensor, i could draw a line on the floor and the robot will follow the line

least possible

least expensive possible

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RIS 1.5 and 2.0 can be found for between $150 to $200 on eBay if you are patient and ready to pounce on a good auction. I have bought and sold 2 sets 2 different times on eBay. It's been my experience that a lot of neat "toys" & kits can be found on eBay just before and right after Christmas.
Also, you might want to check out the BoeBot at Parallax. From time to time, Parallax itself also sells refurbished kits at a discount on eBay. My dealings with them have always been top notch.
Other places to begin looking are:
www.budgetrobotics.com www.acroname.com www.lynxmotion.com
The list goes on and on ... Gordon McComb's book Robot Builder's Sourcebook is also a great place to begin looking and is just fun to flip through! Which reminds me, sometimes you can find a robot kit at Borders or Barnes&Noble for about $99.00 .
Hope that helps to get you started ! JCD
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pogo a ้crit :

all RIS kit i saw was arount 200 to 300$

seem nice but this robot can't be programmed with java

BrainStem seem to do nice program... can be programmed on my os...

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Your other reply mentioned Java. Well, I haven't used it myself, but here is a Java bot that is about as cheep as you can get: http://www.prestonresearch.com/details.php?id=1 The description of the robot on the site is vague to say the least. Contact them and ask some questions before you buy. If this is a complete kit including motors, microcontroller, edge detectors (for line following) and instructions on how to load your Java code, it could be just what you are looking for.
If that comes up short, take a look at NanoVM: http://www.harbaum.org/till/nanovm / It is a java virtual machine that runs on the Mega 8 AVR microcontroller.
I designed a beginner's robot that uses the Mega 8 for some articles I am writing. The parts for my design cost about $50 US for the basic bot which uses CDS light detectors. It could do simple line following. There are only 10 solder joints that you have to make to build the bot. Everything else just plugs into a breadboard. It should take less than 8 hours to build using only a wire cutter and a soldering iron.
It will probably be a few months before the articles get accepted and published, but I can let you beta test the assembly instructions if you would like. One word of caution: I programed the bot using BASCOM, a version of BASIC. I don't know Java. So I wouldn't be able to help you with programming questions if you decide to build my bot and program it in Java.
If you are interested, leave a note in the guest book at my website so I have your e-mail address. http://home.comcast.net/~pawelski_robots /
Good Luck,
Paul Pawelski

the floor and the robot will follow the line

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thanks a lot for your help
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collinm wrote:

Perhaps you should have listed this requirement in advance.
If you want both cheap and Java you don't have too many choices.
I would suggest the uVM chip from http://www.muvium.com /
This is a PIC that can be programmed in Java. Connect it with a simple robotic base from Budget Robotics http://www.budgetrobotics.com/ and you have a robot.
The problem is that you also need a few fairly simple electronic components. That is, simple if you know some electronics.
Personally I'd suggest the RIS. Check on Ebay for the next few days. -- D. Jay Newman http://enerd.ws/robots /
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Get a BoeBot from Parallax on eBay sometime, then get their Javelin chip to replace the BasicStamp. ParallaxInc sells their refurbished stuff on eBay at some pretty good prices from time to time! I think the userid is pbasic or something like that.
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