I'm new to electronics & arduino and I want to get into robotics. I've bought a mega board and lots of bits and pieces, what I'm wondering is is there a way to temporarily add shields to an arduino?
To explain -
I've blown my budget for the next month or two on books, the board, multimeter, soldering iron and basic components. I'd like to both work on a robot and teach myself general electronics with the arduino. I'm worried that soldering a motor shield onto my arduino will limit the amount of electronics work I can do with the board.
I'm aiming towards creating a simple wheeled robot which uses a genetic algorithm and artificial neural network to evolve a pathfinding algorithm using feedback from various sensors for my college final year project next year (I can already program, don't worry
At this stage I'm exploring whether this is feasible or not so I need to experiment with sensors, feeding data to and from the arduino, motors and of course the optimal representation for the chromosomes which will involve a good understanding of the various electronic "variables" (how the motor / sensors work at a current switching level).
1. Will soldering on a shield preclude experimenting with some of the other areas mentioned or have I misunderstood the whole concept?
2. If it will preclude this is there any way to have the shield so that it is not soldered but drops into the arduino like a daughter board? (I'm thinking of something like a SCSI or IDE connector here, they seem similar enough to arduino pins)
Thanks a million in advance