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It is great to build robots. I am mainly a programmer so creating something that is actually physical and exists in the real world is something completely different and new. Also, it is a relief not having to rely on physics engines - things just work the way they are supposed to!

My first robotic projects involved Lego NXT Mindstorms programmed using NXC. However, I always knew I wanted to build the real thing, where the possibilities would only be limited by currently available electronics. Not knowing anything about electronics, I found really good support during my PhD at Southampton. It was with help of Klaus-Peter Zauner and financial help from Jason Noble that enabled me to start learning. The first book I bought was Robot Building for Beginners that takes you through building a simple line-following robot, starting from the very beginnings of what electricity actually is. It took me a while to build the first robot, especially to develop precise motor skills required when handling small components and during soldering.

As I improve robot building becomes increasingly more fun. Most importantly, only imagination is the limit when it comes to robots.



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