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Ideas from Other Competitions
Shana's Robot Page This is good for help with beginning the robot process. Shana started working with Handy Board robots as part of a special studies project. Her page has many useful tips and pointers with good details.
Links to Abington Robots
these are useful for ideas and more pointers.
State Abington Engineering 297: Honors Mobile Robot Design
Penn State Abington Engineering 297H: Mobile Robot Design
Other Robot Pages
The MIT Handy Boad page. It has news and a FAQ among their resources.
The Handy Board newsgroup
The Seattle Robotics Society: First Steps
The Utrect University robot page. It features people working with Lego robots.
UMass CompSci 503: Embedded Systems. This page features links, resources, and robot projects.
Build The Lego Bug. This was the inspiration for the first incarnation of Neil.
Nepenthe-Robot Stuff. Robot ideas using a Lego/Handy Board combination.
The DocBot A rather sophisticated robot that displays the use of many different sensors.
Tons and tons of links.
Where to buy parts:
we bought all of our non-prepackages parts from ACRONAME robotics.
Books to use:
Mobile Robots: Inspiration to Implemenation by Joseph L. Jones, Bruce A. Seiger & Anita M. Flynn. I found the most valuable resource in this book to be a list of suppliers of all lots of parts (available also at Acroname and in Ileana's office)
Sensors for Mobile Robots: Theory and Applicatation by H. R. Everett. Also in Ileana's office