Robotics

Robotics is referred to as the science and technology of Robots and includes its design, manufacture and application part also. Robotics is a fun and a challenging activity that helps in developing important skills like critical thinking, problem solving, mechanics, electronic and software. So many people today are getting interested in this fun and exciting world of Robotics once accessible only to scientist and researchers. The interesting part is that you don't need an academic degree to start Robotics as your hobby.

The following few tips can help you get started when taking Robotics as hobby:

- Start by deciding the kind of Robots that interest you most. The skills and things needed to build a battle robot are very different from things needed for a scientific robot.

- Design: it is a very god idea to design your robot on a piece of paper or on your computer. Things like where you would put screws, how you will attach different sensors etc should be clearly laid out.

- It is good idea to grasp some basic understanding about the concepts of Robotics by studying physics and some computer programming.

- Decide on what kind of movements you want in your robot. And accordingly decide on functions needed for movement, sensation and manipulation in your robot. For example you may decide to have an expressive speaking face to enable your robot to show happiness, sadness, surprise or excitement. Or you may want a Bipedal walking robot or a robot that obeys your spoken commands. The kind of movement you want for your robot would also influence the things and programming needed for building that robot.

- You can build your robot using precision tools or can buy a kit online also.

Following is the list of items that you would need to build your robot:

- Soldering iron or a gun.
- Flat tip screwdriver: The flatter, longer, and skinner the better it is.
- Junk Box: You would need a junk box to stash all your electronic components and all the other things that you may invent. For smaller components like resistors or transistors you can use a separate small box.
- Digital Multi meter
- Work Space: It is a good idea to have a separately assigned work space i.e. a work bench etc when building the robot. Again the bigger the better.
- Old Electronics Items: Search for old radio, television, computer, cell phones electronic toys, music player etc. Disassemble all the parts whether they are broken, rusted or burnt. Test and check to make sure that they are working.
- Robots also need lots of small motors, gears, pulleys and push buttons. Try and collect copper strips and stiff or soft wires. You will also need small pieces of flat metal and plastic. Be careful when unsoldering the parts. In most cases 15 seconds or more of unsoldering can make circuit boards unusable.

Whenever taking up Robotics as your hobby always remember:

- Your robot should not?injure other human beings.
- Your robot should obey all your orders.
- Your robot should be able to protect its existence if it is not in conflict with the first and second points.

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