We live in exciting times for robotics. The first book I purchased , "Build Your Own Working Robot" by David L. Heiserman, describing the construction of a robot, dates from 1976. The robot was called Buster and there was not a CPU in sight - it was Op-Amps and TTL Logic all the way. Two years later, in 1978, Tod Loofbourrow published "How to Build a Computer Controlled Robot". This KIM1 (6502) powered beast used a 12v 84Ahr car battery for power.
How times have changed. Now, hobbyists everywhere are building machines of varying complexity and capability. From small crawling insect like devices, to huge battle bots. Robot behaviour is becoming more intelligent, as AI and Neural Networks are increasingly used. Research in universities is filtering down. The descendants of Reading Universities famous "Seven Dwarfs" have been built by hobbyists from parts provided with Real Robots magazine. Research at Manchester Universities robotics department has produced a robot which can navigate the universities corridors and return to the lab.
Exciting times indeed.
Our original website site was setup in January 2001, to provide a source of electronic modules and components to robot builders and reflects my personal interest in robotics. We have more ideas than time to implement them, and have products in various stages of development. We also welcome requests from our customers, potential customers or casual visitors.
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