I want to introduce Beetle Ringo. That’s a six-legged robot controlled by any IR remote (some TV remote e.g.) you can find around.
It is a small and easy weekend Arduino project with big ambitions: on the one hand you don't need any complicated parts or smart skills to make it and on the other hand this is a real mobile robotic platform. It will take you only a day to build it and you can spend many days developing it. I hope this project will be useful for beginners: we can make these first steps together and have the robot you can improve in future.
The photo you see above is my previous release of the robot. It is very easy to make it, but this time I want to simplify it even more. I decided to avoid soldering. A lot of beginners are afraid of it. I can understand them: new tools, materials, experience. The project will become a headache if you see a soldering iron for the first time. So let's exclude it!
Another common beginner's fear is programming. Beetle Ringo is a real robot and of course it has a program. But this program is already completed and you can find it and download from the project's page on GitHub. This is an opensource project and you can fork it (copy the source code) and modify it as you wish. At this point Ringo could be a good start to learn programming.
What we should know to make Ringo?
It will be great if you are familiar with Arduino platform. If you don’t never mind. It’s the best time to learn about it. I can give you some links. First of all take a look at the Arduino website. It is also useful to read Arduino wikipedia page. You will find a lot of new words there but you can dive deeper through the links. I advise you to watch video tutorials by Jeremy Blum. They are short – 15–20 minutes, simple and I think that's one of the shortest way to Arduino world. And the last thing about Arduino platform I want to say: Arduino is an amazing project with huge community. I'm almost sure that any question you get was asked before. So Google will help you.
What parts do we need to make Ringo?
And these are tools we need for Ringo