Good morning (or good evening) everyone,
first of all, forgive me if my English is bad, I unfortunately don't speak very well this beautiful language.
Now, before presenting my project, I want to introduce myself : I am a teenager of seventeen years old living in Switzerland, currently studying in the college and who wants to continue his studies in the EPFL.
Today, I wanted to ask you professionals some questions about my project I am doing for a studying purpose, which is to build a hexapod. This is the first time I'm doing some robotics, so I'm not used with the practices. A hexapod is certainly not the best project to do for a first time in the robotics for a beginner, but I like when there is some challenge. Besides, Ia not beginning from anything x)
Let's speak about the hexapod. I am going to begin from a kit by DFRobot (http://www.robotshop.com/kit-robot-hexapode-dfrobot.html
), in which the micro-controller is an Arduino Mega. Today, I have everything in my house, but now I have a big problem, which is to know "how must I begin my project ?". Indeed, I began by testing a bit my Arduino (knowing the C++, I can easily program in Arduino), but now I don't know how I must build my project, which means to say myself "now, I must do that and, when it will be finished, I must program this element, etc...". So, if anyone has a tutorial which explains this or could help me, I would be very grateful.
I too have questions about the following. When my robot will be able to walk properly, I want to add some "gadgets". I already have two ideas :
1) The first one is to put a camera on my robot, which will permit me to see, through my computer, what does my robot see through this camera. Here, if anyone knows a camera which is good for that and which is not very heavy, I would be very happy.
2) The second one is to put sensors on my hexapod legs, which will permit me to know if the legs are touching the ground or not, and to know the hexapod's position. Here too, if anyone know sensors which are of good quality, I am interested.
So, those are the questions I currently have. I know that this work will need a lot of work and of patience, but I am ready to spend a lot of times on this project, which is meaningful for me.
Thanks in advance for your answers ! : D