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Name: Charles Current
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I developed an intrest in robotics in college. We had an
opportunity to work with an outdated industrial robot
arm. I did not start working with them as a hobby for
another 10 years.

I have built two robots, so far. My first was a simple
wanderer with only two bump switches for input. This
robot was scrapped when my youngest son was born. I started working on new robotics projects when he got a little older but wasn't able to get much completed.

Now at the end of 2012 with both of my sons old enough to understand the basics of robotics, I have started bringing them into the hobby.

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Wow, has it really been over 6 years since my last post? Working and homeschooling my sons has taken most of my time and energy. As a result my hobby projects took a back seat.

Now that my boys are old enough to understand the basics of robotics, I have started buying kits and incorporating it as part of their schooling.

My oldest has a Lego Mindstorms 2 kit. And my youngest a Parallax Scribbler. We also have a couple of Boe-Bots for them to transition to when they are ready.

4 Feb 2006 (updated 4 Feb 2006 at 01:41 UTC) »

My Lynxmotion kit arrived last week and I managed to find time to do the initial assembly. I programmed gates for a sudo-dynamic walk, reverse and turning in place.

My new MeLabs serial programmer works great. It could have saved me a lot of trouble if I had not waited.

My other robot will need a new set of servos and wheels. I was not as carefull while packing it for the move as I should have been. Luckily the electronics and sensors are all still working.

Don't have a lot of time to work on projects right now. I have been in classes for my EMT-Basic certification. Finals and state tests are next week!

Been spending alot of time at work lately. As a result I have not finished my workbench or work on my robot much. Another problem is that some of my boxes were not treated well in the move. My robot was damaged and I have not yet repaired it. I ordered a quadrapod kit from Lynxmotion to experiment with a legged robot. My old PIC programmer is not working well with my new computer, so I have another one on order.

I haven't been able to do much with my robot projects recently. I have been busy with buying a house and moving. I am looking forward to having a space to setup a decent workbench. The kitchen table was not working well anymore.

I have been using my current robot as a platform for testing new ideas. I learned to program in PBP and have been working on new sensor ideas. I decided not to design a new chassis for it. The current one works well for testing.

I have been thinking about building a mini-sumo robot and ring. I think that I should by a kit and then build one from scratch. This would allow me to run test battles. Just an idea, I don't know if I will even build one.

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