I have been planning a purchase of an Arduino after building several robots built a round the Propeller, BasicStampIIpx24, Basic Stamp IIpe,BasicStampII. I found that the fastiest cpu with eight cores was not compatible enough with regular code for my peanut brain to interpret. When I used simply a BasicStampII, all of the things I wanted to do was realized one at a time.
Problem was, when I tried to do all of these things at once, while the machine did them, it was so sluggish. This could have been my lack of education on coding. Except that over 20 years ago, I created many vertical markets coded in DbaseII and Basic.
I want a machine that can be all that it can be. I want it to have artificial intelligence and emotions built in. I know that this is not an easy task. But, at least I will not run out of inputs on the Mega unit, I trust. I just hope that it runs faster than the Basic StampII and that C language has a 1:1 ratio so it should run fast as ASM Language. I am not a C programmer, but I have several books on it and I dabble.
I would just like to have your input. I plan to order a Mega Unit with a LARS protoboard. I am on a tight budget having spent all my experimental funds on the other projects. I will say that I learned a lot and it was quite worth it. The People at Parallax is second to none.
I want my robot to be round and powerful, and very smart!