I have wanted to build my own robot for awhile now. But after many tried and failed attempts, I was losing hope that may ever happen. I discovered that there wasn't a small, robust, super easy to add-on to, robot that was within my budget to get. After hours of research and many robot kits later, i decided to build one from scratch. This includes building the base and electronics myself. I was always a fan of the Arduino and open-source electronics. The easily to obtain schematics and cheaper components made this project happen.
This instructable is more of a guide then a step by step, but still shows the steps to build a stackable robot the will last for many projects to come.
I decided on stacking sheilds (boards) (just like the REAL Arduino is like) because it is very easy to expand and change things as required. Other reasons is because the cost to build one yourself is very little compared to other kits or premade ones on the market.
This design can also be easily integrated into a Swarm of robots (I plan to do this in a future update) because of its expanansions and low costs.
Lastly, be prepared to go through plenty of revisions during planning and building of your robot.
If you have any questions about building your own, leave me a comment or message and I'll do my best to answer them.
Please Remember to vote for this in the contests.
Updates will be more often if this becomes popular.
Keep in mind that this was my first instructable I've created. And that my robot is still a work in progress. I plan to have many more instructables using this platform in the future. Along with many many more photos and videos with code. Lastily I'm hoping to build a second one in the next few months, if I do, i will post a much more in depth instructable.
Some of the planned upgrades are:
Android Phone control
And many more that I think of.
Some of the other instructables I found helpful can be found in my favourites list (There are quite a few).