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I am new to arduino as well as this forum but I think this will be the best place to start.

I am about to start building a robot that you can tell where to go on my campus and it finds the building. This project is in the very early stages, found idea last week but I am considering using arduino per suggestion by a friend and I just am not sure what the right choice is. the plan I am currently considering is using map-building and localization based off of rfid signals.

Is there a particular board for robotics?
will I need a wifi shield? speech module?
Is there a size/weight limitation to what can be controlled with arduino boards?
how powerful of a motor can a board control because if this is an outdoor use project it will need to be a little sturdier build?
what motors are compatible?

I realize these are general questions and very basic I am just not sure where to begin. If anyone has parts suggestions, or even links to articles or research i should be reading it would be much appreciated. Posts will become more specific as I get started with the build. I am fine on the programming side it is the hardware that is new territory to me. Thank you in advance for any feedback.
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Perhaps you can do the map building on a PC or an embedded PC and use the Arduino for sensors and motor control with a motor driver.

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For anything at big, I would go with a Mega. Might I suggest using a GPS shield to get to the buildings. If you can get you hands on some heavy duty motors and a driver, such as say, some wheel chair motors, you will be good. Maybe even a robotic Segway, that would be awesome.
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Thank you for your reply. I was wondering What would be the benefits I would gain from using the mega? As this is for a college project cost is a pretty significant concern so would using RFID instead of GPS be an appropriate trade off especially since using GPS would limit my usable area to outdoor only correct?
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What would be the benefits I would gain from using the mega?
A lot more pins to work with! More pins = more parts to add-on and expand.]\

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would using RFID instead of GPS be an appropriate trade off

Why not include both? Erdin looks as though he has a good suggestion.
Perhaps you can do the map building on a PC or an embedded PC and use the Arduino for sensors and motor control with a motor driver.
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After further research I agree and intend to use the mega. Thank you  HazardsMind for the suggestion. Also Erdin I apologize for the late response however I looked into more map building info and you are correct. I will be using the computer to handle that process. Now I need to go figure out what components I need and what shields will be appropriate with the mega. I also need to plan out a motor control setup. If anyone has more suggestions or ideas feel free to post them!
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