I'm a programmer. I had a tiny amount of experience building robots in college a few years ago, but haven't done anything since.
I'd like to build a robot that can move around my house, pick items up and put them down... IE, a robot that could get items out of the dishwasher and put them away.
I was thinking it would have a square base with a wheel at each corner for moving around the floor, a scissor jack so it can adjust its height (I'm hoping to be able to be able to move between 1 foot tall and 7 feet tall), and then a scissor jack at the top for moving a gripper towards or away from it (between a couple of inches and 3 feet away).
Are two scissor jacks actually what I want? It seems like 90+% of robots with grippers go with arms instead, but it seems to me that those are more complicated and would be less precise. I have no robotic experience beyond little car like things - I've never built one with any sort of gripper or actuator, so advise would be much appreciated. (Huh - there's not even a tag for scissor or jack... what do you guys call them?)
Also... do people normally build these parts themselves, or do they buy them? I've searched around but I can't find any scissor jack kit or anything like that. If I need to build it myself... how would I do that? What would I build it out of?