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25 May 2004 (updated 25 May 2004 at 23:40 UTC) »

Here's the latest project status:

The mechanical portion of the design has been roughed out. I'll be posting some drawings when I finally get my webserver up and running.

The electronic portion of the design is still early in the research phase.

Looks like I'm going to be using Broccoli18 (or trying to) to do ICSP for the two PIC18F8720 microcontrollers.

I'm a little confused about the Accelerometers. Not to sound totally clueless, but, where are the leads? I guess I have some research to do!

It also seems like I'll need to brush up on my PCB fabrication techniques. Hopefully there's been some new and exciting innovations to the process (i.e. "less painful methods") since I last made a PCB. If anyone has any insight or recent experience that would be helpful, I would appreciate hearing from you.

I currently have the following parts:

STILL waiting on the damn stepper motors:
      (Tray of 50 FDK Stepper Motors: SMP20-2008- A.) Sometime this year would be nice!

Well let's see. Since I'm beginning a new robotics project, now seems like as good a time as any to start documenting the process.

I have finally received the first of the components on my parts list.

Still waiting on the following parts: Hmmm... I guess I should start formalizing the design!
Good thing Mandrake Linux comes with free CAD software.
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