I was recently gifted an overwhelming amount of arduinos that were headed to the trash. I'm really interested in building robots. I have a healthy obsession with old Sony Aibos and a fascination with AI systems, especially those that are embodied and learn from their environment. However, I'm a bit of a noob and have only studied theory so far, not implementation.
I've browsed the projects in Hackster, but I'm pretty overwhelmed by it all. I'd love to build something like Nybble or Bittle from OpenCat, but they require Rasberry Pis. I understand microprocesser =/= microcontroller, but that's as far as my knowledge goes.
My question is then "What should I build?" I'd love to keep cost down, since I already have so many components, but end up with a high-complexity finished robot. I know I'm going to need to buy a Pi to do this. Since I'm both overwhelmed and excited, I wanted to ask the community before I settled on a project.
I've also noticed projects usually have one Pi and one Arduino. So side question, "Is there any utility in including more than one arduino in a project?"
Any pointers, tips, links, or veteran advice is well appreciated. Thank you- to the whole community- for building the knowledge, physical tools, and a space where people like me can jump into this without advanced knowledge. It's truly amazing.
Inventory, all of these are untested and not guaranteed to work:
Arduino Uno (x7)
Elegoo Mega2560 R3 microcontroler board (x3)
Rasberry Pi Camera V2.1
Unmarked Camera with USB soldered onto it
Robotlinking Temp/Humidity sensor (x2)
Keyes USB Host Shield
MH Electronics MoterShield
Adafruit MotorShield v2.3 (x3)
Adafruit DC/Stepper Motor HAT
A board that just says "Prototype Shield V.5"
Breadboards +Breadboard wires
More LEDS then I could ever use, including a few rings