FOR BEGINNERS

The steps you provide is for the people who have been come across robotics.but for the beginners like dont know how to begin or what is bulldozer kit or anything else.so it is better to provide robotics in an order to learn how to construct a robot from the start explaining each step in breif.so i please you to provide this for the beginners.

Topic by rkbalaji11289 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Arduino Beginner

I'm gonna start with arduino, I'll buy the arduino uno board, any suggestions for courses or books that can teach me how to program and work with arduino? Thanks in advance! :)

Topic by Kolnorp 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Beginner in Electronics? Answered

I am a complete beginner when it comes to electronics. I would like to build functioning machines eventually, so does anyone know how exactly I can get started? Are there any specific books? Thanks, freeza36

Question by freeza36 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


LCD for beginners? Answered

Hey guys I want to get started using simlpe 16x2 LCDs in my Arduino projects, but I I need one for beginners. Nothing too fancy. This is the one I'm looking at: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/709.   Also, if anyone knows where I can get one that has the three outputs( +5v, GND, and data) and/or has a link to a website, that would be extremely helpful. Thanks in advance!

Question by Adum24 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Microcontrollers for beginners? Answered

I am completely new to the world of microcontrollers. Does anyone know of any books, or websites that give a basic understanding of programming microcontrollers? Thanks!

Question by DELETED_afw11 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Beginner airsoft? Answered

Yo 'iblers i was wondering what a good starter airsoft gun for under 50$ I would like it to be an AEG please. I have found a couple i like but i was wondering what gun that you guys would recomend

Question by alfpwns 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Arduino for the beginner

I would like to get into arduino as a hobby, I have some experience in understanding the C language. I was at a website like http://www.ladyada.net/learn/arduino/lesson5.html trying to understand and slowly catching up, where is some material I can read to get into the hobby?  And how do the pinholes on a breadboard work? How do you know which hole to insert the wire/pin through? 

Topic by bprins 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


brazing beginner

I'm making a CNC machine and I need to make a frame and I decided to use aluminum since it's surprisingly the cheapest. I need to braze the joints to gather and I'm new to brazing. Is all I need: Propane bottle Nozzle someway to ignite it brass solder If anyone here is an experience brazer than please give me some tips

Topic by guyfrom7up 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Beginner In electronics

Hey, I've just started getting into electronics, it interests me alot. I have a pretty good understanding of each individual component, but don't have a good one of how they work together, so do any of you know of a good 'circuit cookbook' that has easy circuits with explanations? That would be great. Also, what components should I always have around if I'm just tinkering? I have a bunch of resistors (1 ohm to 1M ohm) and a bunch of capacitors (.22 UF to 2200 UF).

Topic by Jackhole 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Beginner soldering projects?

I'm new to soldering, and I was wondering if you guys knew of some projects to help me get some experience in soldering. I know that there's a guide on here, but I didn't know what projects to get started on. Your help is appreciated.

Topic by UltraPurple 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Getting started for a beginner

Hi there, I hope this is in the right forum. So, I have always liked to work with my hands, seeing things people made and thinking "I WOULD LOVE TO GET INTO THAT" and I recently decided to make good on my wishes and wish to really get into the DIY scene. I'm looking for help on what tools I should get my hands on to start working on things. An example of something I wish tor re-create would be this: https://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-PC-project-inspired-by-Shadowrun-Cyberdec/ I'm not looking for help on what it takes to make up the end product but rather the tools one would use consistently to make everything fit and what not. Is there a sort of beginners toolbox or something of that sort I should look into getting? Sorry if this is confusing, I'm confusing even myself a bit, haha. On a side note, does everyone here have a garage they work in? I'm in NYC and as many of you know it's not the easiest place to have a workbench. Can anyone recommend me places you would go to work on projects? Thank you in advance.

Topic by Rlahens 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Beginners Soldering Iron

I am new to soldering and am looking to buy an iron. Any suggestions on beginner irons would be great. I plan on mostly using it for soldering small electronics. Also I would like to buy at a store and not over the internet. Again, any advice is greatly appreciated.

Topic by sardines454 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Making a robot for a beginner ?

Iv'e kept searching the internet for building a simple robot nothing advanced but one that can walk and avoid collition and small led's as eyes . i also want it to work all this in a click of i switch. but the worst part is i don't know much about electronics,circute or any parts needed or where i can get them but its my vacation and i really want to do this because im super bored can someone please help me .....?  

Question by Amar prasanth 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Beginner PIC user? Answered

I have some pic12f675 chips laying around, but I have never used pic before. I have heard that they are very easy to program, and very useful. I have experience using arduino. does it use the same language, and can you use the arduino ide with it? as I said I am a beginner with these, so please include as much info as you can, and please leave links to some tutorials if you can. thanks in advance!

Question by Higgs Boson 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


beginner USB question...

So I wanted to see if it was possible to create USB driven fans out of an old Sony WM-EX368 tape player. Now this player runs of 2 AA batterys, And I know that usb runs 5V. Now the questions are: Is it even possible? Whats the fastest way to find the right working cable in the walkan?

Topic by Sentroy 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Beginner in Soldering, HELP!

I want to get into soldering and circuit boards, but i dont know what to do first. I HAVE soldered before, but it was only a couple little things in woodshop (we were making a clock) and i didnt understand what i was doing, i was just following instructions. So any input would be greatly appreciated! Can you guys recommend a decent soldering station around the $50-70 range. What about tutorials, i want tutorials on ANYTHING that has to do with soldering, but nothing to overwhelming, remember im just a beginner. some tutorials i would appreciate are: -soldering (of course) -reading schematics -the theorys (ohms law, and all that good stuff) -practice projects (projects that show you how things work) -and basically anything that you think is helpful besides soldering station, what other tools are necessary? and do you have any recommendations for those tools.

Topic by um0123 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Beginner Coil Guns

I am looking to build my first coil gun. I don't have much experience with capacitors/capacitor banks. I'm looking for a recommendation on capacitors that I could use for a coil gun that would make a proof of concept coil gun that would be safe for my first time venturing into this area. Any Ideas? I would probably order the capacitors from Digi-Key rather then harvesting them from other electronics. Thanks!

Topic by T3rr0rByte13 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Beginner Electronics Information?

I'm interested in taking on a few of the projects in the electronics category, particularly the high voltage compilation. Obviously though, this is some pretty dangerous and complicated stuff (maybe just to me), so anyway, I was wondering if there were any books,  web pages or guides with basic starting out info that might help me understand what those guides are talking about? You probably should assume I know nothing about electronics, because its more or less true.

Topic by Snowball tlwcb 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Beginner To Arduino, Questions

Hi, this is my first time attempting a project with arduino and I have a few questions before I start buying materials. Can I live control the actions of an ardunio with my computer? For example if connect it to my laptop and I want the arduino to flash an led when I press the Caps Lock key, will it be able do that? If yes, I noticed that there are many models of ardunio which one should I get for that purpose? Or else, what could I get to do those actions? Thank you so much!

Topic by deadfire55 8 years ago


Please guide me to the luxurious world of electricity, I'm a newcomer

Hello, i am running on projects here, and got no idea where to begin.i want to make an alarm clock. The desired time and ringing tone for the alarm should be able to be set accordingly to my will at any time. The requirements is, i must construct it with ATMEGA8535 or ATMEGA328 or ATMEGA16. Any suggestions what's the first thing to do here? pls kindly help me:)

Topic by jayfetra 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


good electronic books for beginner

Hi there, Ive done a search on here but couldnt find a relevant post that recommends electronics for beginner type books. Does anyone have any reccs? Im not a noob to maths or programming and i did physics a-level that covered the basics of electricals but never actually done anything practical. Ive amazoned and found two books that seem to have great reviews and they are: Practical Electronics for Inventors by Paul Scherz and Title is Starting Electronics by Keith Brindley They seem good but from what i can tell they are only reference type books and dont have projects to help practice the knowledge. any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Topic by thegeezer3 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


beginner looking for info on arduinos Answered

I'm fairly new to the world of DIY electronics, but I would like to start working on projects that incorporate microprocessors.  I've been looking at many of the projects that use arduinos, but I was looking for a little more info on them.  I'm sorry if these are stupid questions but with my little knowledge about this stuff I don't really know any better.   Could a single microprocessor be used in place of an arduino?  Could an arduino be used to program an IC chip and then the chip be removed and only use that for the project or does the whole arduino have to be used? and any other tips you have for me to help me learn more about stuff like this is greatly appreciated. thanks.

Question by ZachyKras 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How to crochet, a beginners anything?

I believe I have the matierials, two needles, (about 1/4 inch thick, came with a crochet set, the instructions major suck...) and alot of yarn. (Camo yarn, If anyone is interested.) What can I do, as a beginner, to start a basic crochet...row? column? stitch? project? I dont know what you'd call it... Is there any way to crocket aroung something, like that instructable about a pink gun cozy?

Question by PKTraceur 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


A Good Electronic Project For a Beginner.

May I ask for something which is good and nice to create for a beginner like me. I don't really have an idea what to  make. I just hope you'll help me.

Topic by imatrianidar 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


good book for a programming beginner?

I want a good book on electronics and programming so that i could design some my own stuff....

Question by litmeup 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Beginners' electronics books for kids?

Any suggestions for titles? I'm a beginner myself, but would like simpler material for kids age 8-12 and simply haven't found any really good ones at the local library - but then again, I might not know a good one if I found it :P Thanks to all.

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Whats a good beginner Balisong?

As the title suggest, i am looking for a good beginner balisong that could last me a long time. I have no skill in balisong tricks whatsoever and is eager to learn.I've been looking at the model 62 but that thing cost a small fortune!. Any ideas?

Topic by mastermakoko 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


what is the best book for a beginner?

I am ahigh school student and i am looking at getting into robotics as aprofession. i would like to start learning as much as i can now though.

Question by stormrider711 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Good soldering tools for a beginner?? Answered

I'm planning on making a solar powered USB charger, however i have no soldering tools. Would a RadioShack kit be suitable(and if so which one)? Also a circuit made of just wires and components wouldn't last very long. Is there anything i can put it on?

Question by FireFreek 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


3D printer for cheap beginners?

         I am a person that is cheap. I want a 3d printer assembled or kit that is cheap, reliable, and that doesn't print high quality (it coul print high quality, but for $'s sake it doesn't have to). Any info helps, but remember, i'm a nube, so don't criticize please.                                                                                                                                                                                                       thanx,                                                                                                                                                                                                       theboygenius I forgot too mention, >$350 if possible

Topic by theboygenius 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Suggestions for a beginner project bike?

I'm jumping the gun a little bit here, but looking ahead to winter and the off season, I want to find a cheap project bike I can tinker with. I have some mechanical inclinations, but it will be a bit of learning curve, so I want something that's pretty accessible and relatively easy to work on for a beginner. I'm looking for a cruiser anywhere from 250cc to 500cc with minimal bells and whistles. Lay those suggestions on me. Showbox Tutuapp VidmateAlso, what are some red flags I should look out for that are going to end up giving me nightmares? I want a bike I can work on and learn with, but I'm definitely not looking to do a complete rebuild.

Topic by popchau 3 months ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


Beginner in desperate need of help

Hello everyone I only starting using the ardunio two weeks ago and have taught myself to switch leds on and off but thats about it. I came across this 3x3x3 led cube and would love to make it as a mini project for myself. I have searched posts and need help in someone pointing me in the right directions. I have a few questions and I hope somebody can help me as I really would love to make this led cube 1) is there a step by step tutorial on how to make this led cube on a breadboard? 2) Has anyone created a code already that i can use? 3) Can someone show me how to soldier up the leds in the correct way? 4) is it better to do this project on a breadboard or not? 5) can i buy kits that has everything for this project to work? Thanks for reading and hope I get some good advice and help

Topic by chan267 10 years ago


arduino beginners padded cell

#ok hi everyone, void setup() { this bit is for those of us just trying to work out how we are going to use arduino; also those of us whom programming doesnt come natrually or just have a short attention span; it can be frustrating, difficault or just plain annoying at times; so here is a space to have a moan about things, the idea is you get it out your system, feel better then figure out a solution or work around. } // i havnt got a clue what im doing at the moment :-D, void setup() { my personal current beefs are: iv just discovers it hasnt got the power to run motors directly, u have to use a mosfet tranny (iv got one but its missing a pin lol) it does have the power to make pretty patturns with leds; the instruction book i bought separatly, has a section on 'what is electricity' what am i ? 5?!. when books get that patronizing its really hard to look out for the useful nuggets of information; } im not looking for smarty pants answers, everybody learns via their own path, in their own way, in their own time. so if you have a possibly unreasonable problem that has given you the hump (with your arduino platform) and want to express it without breaking your computer or boring/irritating your friends, there are answers,its more satisfying when there worked out by the questioner, without some one relaying you need a flumbutter on your whattaucallit, this section is aimed at those of us who dont have a jargon database. good luck getting your brains around that blue circuit board ,(i know i will need it) the space below is there for you to use, if using sentence enhancers remember the  %*$ keys please. (hey maybe someone official will read it and get some feedback of our initial stumbling) wondering if this topic will be 'moderated' .i hope people 'get it'. its not in any way intended for maliciousness, i percieved a need and have tried to provide a space, i was looking for a page with this function but couldnt find one. this is not a place for spaming!

Topic by crazyg 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Linear magnetmotor - the basics for a beginner

Designing what is said to be impossible can be tricky, so I will try to give you some tips to reach your goal a bit quicker.A lot of people these days try to start with a wheel.Makes sense in one way as the final goal obviously is something that would rotate.However, considering angles in a rotating system is far easier with a usable baseline!We developed the liear motor well after any rotating electric motor.But only because someone already invented it for us.Making it flat was then more or less about finding a need for it first, like the modern highspeed trains on a maglev principle.If you want to make something move then it makes no big difference if you do it in flat or round.Flat however leaves you more options and much easier adjustments.And you will need a lot of the later...IMHO the best size and option for linear is the N0 model railway system.Tracks are only 3CM wide and second hand carriages to salvage the wheels is cheap.Either way, how would you start?We have multiple choices, like single row of magnets or double, maybe even tripple.Same for the actual magnet orientation.Flat, angled, attracting or repulsing...They all work if you understand how they actually work.Not the principle, the magnets ;)You see, a magnet always has two poles and without trickery both poles will be of even strenght, size, angle to each other and so on.Playing on a small and flat track with little resistance allows to use tiny magnets, like 5mm disc ones.If you follow the common concept of two magnet rows either side at a slight angle then you are half way there.People spent a lot of time trying not only to let the cart being attracted by the first magnets but also to let them pass out at the other end.In case you wonder why:Being able to be "sucked" in means you will have some force pulling on your cart from the next stage.Being able to fully pass through and preferably gain speed, means the cart would go from one set of magnets to the next - motion is accomplished.Let me give you my personal favourites for 5mm disc magnets:1. The rows are at an angle of 4-5° like a slim V-shape.2. Same as above by with the orientation changed by 90°The first basically means you have the magnets facing up while in the second you would have them mounted vertically.Both have good and bad sides and I think it is easiest to start with the first option.Here you would have a row of magnets at a slight angle either side of the track.Lets say it is all pointing away from you, then the north row would be left, south row on the right of the track.If you start narrow or wide depends if you want attraction or repulsion forces to work with.Again, it makes no big difference really, just a different way of operation, most seem to prefer repulsion though thinking the forces are greater - this is not true though ;)A very often copied way of mounting the working magnet (s) on the cart is by placing a magnet with south facing down on the left and one with north facing down on the right of the cart.Here you have the big problem of manipulating fields.The forces are quite strong and it seems the obvious choice but should be left for the advanced classes.Let me try to explain:No matter the site of your work magnet it has a very narrow acting field.Means you have a lot of attraction forces going only downwards and not providing any energy to move your system ;)If you orientate a magnet (stack) so north faces to the right and south to the left on either side of the cart you have more options.If the stack or single magnet has the correct length to match the angle of the magnet rows then a funny thing happens.Assume the outer most magnet is at about the same distance from center as the first magnet in the row.Means the inner most and opposing one is further away and the attraction forces gain the upper hand.While moving along though it moves away from the magnet row and whie still gaining force the last magnet in the row stops the cart dead center.This is the common scenario you see on the web when people try and fail.Now if you change the length of your working magnet and position in relation to the magnets in the row you can use the changes to your advantage.You can add slim disc magnets either side of your stack and observe the change in behaviour and where the cart starts to be repelled or gets stuck.In a bad case it starts fast but then stops with a big wobble back and forth.The perfect balance and size means the cart is attracted once it comes close to the magnet rows.There should only be a tiny sopt of very little repulsion right before the cart takes off.Like a hair trigger on a good gun if you know what I mean.It should then see some accelleration till about magnet 5-7 in a row of 14.From there it should level out and roll trough and keep rolling.I assume your first attempts now get you to the point where you cart start really nice, slows down a bit and seems just to miss a tiny extra push to make it out.It it shoots to the last magnet in the rows and then settles back to one or two before the end you are close!We have now two basic ways of manipulating the magnetic fields in our favour, or to "cheat" phsyics.Closing the gap.You will have realised by now that you need at least two stages for your system to be tested properly.Preferably 3 to get a 120° angle in a rotary conversion, but 5 would make sure there is hickups.This also means distance is now something to play with.Remember the pull before get at the same level with the first magnet in the rows?This is the first force we utilise by bringing the second stage at a distance CLOSE to take over the pull.Close because we don't want it to pull the cart out just like that.It would create a big "bump" and in a rotary system massive and unwanted vibrations.Instead we weaken the last magnet in either row.We still want to keep its pull but not so much the holding force that makes our cart go stuck here.Placing a magnet orientated in the same direction as your rows at the end of the row will change how and where the field of the last magnet in the row goes ;)Just to be precise: If the magnet in the row is north up and south down then the added magnet should have the poles 90° to that and in the same direction as the row.Depending how high, how close and with wich pole you place it the fields will change.You want to lower the locking force by at least 50% here - that will be suffient to overcome the holding force and gives the next stage a good chance to take over.It can also help to provide a sacrificial pole below the last magnet in the row.Again if north would be facing up then the lower magnet would also face north up but with a small distance to the upper manget.Ok, what happens here exactly?If I would want to be precise here you would need to read an awful lot, so make it simple...The lower magnet provides a way for the upper magnets south pole to get somewhere else instead of back to its original north pole.It also means there is another north pole "pushing" the north of the upper magnet more flat at the bottom half.This weakens the field strenght.Distance is key.The added magnet at the end does a similar thing.It provides attraction or repulsion forces that affect the field shape of the last magnet in the row.Imagine you have north facing towards the last magnet:You would push the last bit of the field up while also providing a very sharp end instead of a big round shape.The south pole of the last magnet also gets attracted by this added magnet, even more with one magnet below it.With those two added magnets you should be able to fully overcome the binding effect stopping your cart.It won't start and keep going when you let go of it half way down the track though, you need to start with the first magnet or give it a push to overcome the first binding effect.After that momentum takes over.If it really is that simple then where are all the successful videos about it?They are out there, you just need to look quite long for them.Most people still literally think only linear.A magnet has north and south and we can't change it - but we can...With field manipulations as above and shielding we get so much more than what physics currently dictates.Keep in mind that adding shielding under your rows of magnets will also affect how all works together ;)Some people forget this when using ferromagnetic things way too close to their testing area.Distance is also vital to keep in mind when experimenting.The closer two magnets are greater their forces to each other.You can utilise this for example by lowering magnets that seem to be far too strong in your configuration and cause a binding effect ;)And as said, shielding is nice thing for triack too - imagine what would happen with sielding on the sides of your magnet rows... ;)Make a negative into a positive!Extremly strong binding forces at a certain point in your track design can mean you might be able to utilise it instead of trying to waste it.Added magnets can divert the field to quite some extend.Shielding however can also direct them somewhere else - like in the core of a transformer where it all goes in a great circle.Even strips of shielding connecting magnets from one row to the one on the other side of the track can be utilised.Like that you turn two small magnets into one long one with twisted poles at the end.Provides more field strenght too and makes it good for areas with little to no attracting force to the cart.Then there is bigger design...Some people add a center magnet.With one on the cart and one in the center of the track you can create a cancellation field.The rows bind while the center magnet wants to push.If place where there is still enough forward momentum or even acceleration but close enough to the binding magnets it is possible to greatly lower the binding effect.But keep in mind you need to consider the added repulsion or compensated the field so it is most active towards the moving direction and less strong to where the cart is coming from.Advanced manipulations.You can machine magnets, sandpaper, file, grinder, CNC....Imagine you cut a square dice magnet from one corner to the other.Depending on how you have the field orientation you can end up several variations.But if north faced up in your dice then it will still face up in the cut pieces!Cut a pyramid and you end with a big flat south pole and a pointy north pole - and with extreme field strenth in this pointy bit.Similar story with half moon shapes.Imagine you machine a flat block magnet so you have a half moon with its pointy bits facing down and big round bit up.If north was up in the block and you shape the moon correctly then you end with two strong south pole points and a north pole that is strongest right between those points.Why is this so interesting you might wonder?Imagine you already know a magnets pole does not care if gos back to its own opposite or that of a different magnet.Then you also know you can machine and shape magnets to your will.Now imagine that for a change:Precisely machined pyramids that have the top chopped off.All tops in this example facing being the north poles and big bottom south.If you then machine a precise iron core block you make a nice cube.With magnets we need really good glue and a good press to make it happen.But if the center core is of proper size then we end with a block magnet that has a south pole on all sides.Of course to be 100% perfect we would need a zero tolerance gap but good glue and high forces can come quite close.Works as a sphere too but would even have clue where to start to machine the magnets LOL

Topic by Downunder35m 22 days ago


Any fun, simple electronic projects for beginners?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Beginner wanting to build a 3d printer

Hello, I am an absolute beginner to building machines and my goal is to build a 3d printer. I was thinking of purchasing a kit or following one of the instructables here, but what skills or knowledge would I need to acquire before I  attempt to build one? Any advice would be appreciated.

Topic by Calcgal 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What is a cool LED project that I can make? I am a beginner.?

Question by Dvd819 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Any suggestions for projects for beginners - particularly electronics?

I know this question is kind of vague, but I thought I'd go for it anyway. I'd like to start working on some fun projects to get me accustomed to working with my hands. I'm relatively handy, but don't have any hard core technical knowledge. I can "build" computers and such, but I'm no programmer or electrician. I found my way here because I love looking at Make magazine, but I never buy it because it seems like all the projects require knowledge I don't have. I want to learn that knowledge. Can anyone suggest any instructables that are good, cheap and fun for beginners? I'm particularly interested in the electronics and tech stuff to get some experience working with circuits and soldering and such. Eventually I'd like to build a basic robot. There's just so much out there, I don't really know where to start. I just want to have some fun and have detailed enough instructions that I have some hand-holding along the way. If anyone out there has suggestions of good instructables to start with, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks in advance for any and all help! Just in case it helps narrow down choices, I'll list some areas of interest: Gaming (RPG, Video & Board) Green Living Robotics (though I know nothing about it) Animatronics (though I know nothing about it) Guitar Home Repair (basic plumbing and building skills) Networking / Computer repair (I was an IT manager until just recently) BASIC Auto repair Science Fiction Comic books Thanks again!

Topic by JesterPoet 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


I was wondering if there is a good robotics starter kit for someone with zero experience? Answered

I have no tools, no experience, or basic know how to robotics. However, I am very interested in trying this out as a hobby. Where can I go to start building a beginner platform robot. I am also a mac user and again, have zero programming experience. Clean slate! Need a good starting point!

Question by EBarron21 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


tools needed to get started ?

Hi there, i haven't made anything on this site yet. i'm wondering what are some good tools and supplies to get started with? anything that you come across in most projects (like a drill) ?

Topic by mrtunes 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to start with Technology?

Hello, I'm already visiting this website for a while, but never really sign up. Today was finally the day I decide to register myself. I'm very interested in the technology section of this website, and I think all of you are awesome inventors! :)  So back to my question, I don't know a lot about technology, so my question was, where is the best place to start (or learn) things about technology? Like building things all by yourself, with batteries and such things. I'm a beginner in technology, I only know some programming on computers, and a bit about how computers are build, but that's all! I hope someone can help me! :) Thanks In Advance! :)

Question by Kolnorp 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


What is a good intro project for learning how to work with LED?

I love light!  I have tons of LED ropes and light sets.  But I want to learn to do some things myself.  I have no experience with LED's at all but would love to learn how to create my own displays.  What would be a good project to start with no previous knowledge?  Thanks

Question by Glitch010 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Making LEDs flicker?

I'm building a costume piece and I really want to have a gem flicker different colors, using LED backlighting. I know I've seen products that make the LEDs "chase" or "run" but, I want these four lights to go in a circular motion, so that the gem looks like it just has light flickering different colors inside or behind it. Can anyone tell me how to make that work or is it impossible?

Question by elegant.mess.1986 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Wanted Arduino Advice For Teenager

My son has expressed an interest in Arduino because he's in an after school group of "builders" in which a number of students are toying with Raspberry Pi. He was told that Arduino can be built using a ChromeBook - we don't own a Windows computer (only Macs). He believes that he could build using YouTube and other computer based research. Can someone tell me if Arduino is compatible with ChromeBook? With so many kits available, can you please advise one that will engage him for multiple projects and may even be used for growth but at the same time is not going to break the bank? Any advice is much appreciated!!

Topic by woooshhhhh 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Hello I'm new to electricity, what should i learn first ?

Hello guys. I'm an undergraduate student and I'm studying Electrical Engineering. I'm on semester 7 right now. But until now i still cant make anything. I have a dream about making a robot. But i didn't know where to start. In my university they only teach me how to answer a question. They didn't teach me how to make something. I want to make other things beside robot too, but i think i will focus on making a robot first. Can you guys help me what should i learn ? Sorry for my bad English. Thank you very much.

Question by Hatred Realm 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Learning to crochet. Is it too hard? Answered

I always wanted to learn  to crochet. But I freak out because I think it's too hard and keep thinking that I can't learn it :( . So I need a total beginner's guide to crochet and please tell me it's not that hard! Can anyone please help? 

Question by Muhaiminah Faiz 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How would I go about making an 'item locator'? (like a remote control finder/key finder)

How would I go about creating an 'item locator' such as one used to find a remote control or car keys. I've been interested in setting up a system for all the things I keep in my storage area so that they are easily found by pressing a button on a panel or 'base' and then having it locate the actual item (which will start beeping/flashing, or what have you). I'm curious as to how these typically communicate with each other since I'm a beginner in electronics.?

Question by pyrofyr 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What makes an arduino board so special? Answered

I've seen arduino boards (or something comparable) in most DIY circuits, but I wonder why everyone uses them. What makes them so necessary and/or useful for building circuits?

Question by kaddyshack 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Good starter programming language?

I've got a friend who wants to learn some computer programming, to make things like games. Does anyone have a suggestion? A language that's easy to do simple stuff with, and maybe some medium stuff would be nice.

Question by geeklord 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


I want to make an EL wire shirt for next years junior high dances. any one got any suggestions? Answered

I could use good price,  tips, where to get it, what inverter, and other stuff.  I have never used EL wire before, but I want to do an awesome T-shirt!

Question by furrysalamander 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago