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For someone interested in robotics but do not know the ABC of robotics or mechanical/electronic engineering .What's a good roadmap for becoming an amateur roboticist . I'm studying theoretical physics so that I have no problems on the physics/math . If the question is too broad and doesn't meet the criteria of posting on this site . Please inform me of any helpful advice/study material etc. before the question get closed . Thanks in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ This question is too broad. Robotics is a big area of research. You would be better served to focus your question towards what you want to learn. If the problem is that you don't know what you want to learn then I would advise reading a bunch of the questions and answers on this site to identify what peaks your interest. $\endgroup$ Nov 25 '12 at 20:56
  • $\begingroup$ I want to design robots that can move around picking things and transporting things.I'm not interested only in the dynamics and kinematics. I'm interested in writing computer software ,program microcontrollers to make the robot do what I want it to do. $\endgroup$
    – nabil
    Nov 25 '12 at 23:17
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    $\begingroup$ This is a good 'getting started' questions but the down-voting and flags reflect a preference for very specific questions that can be answered in the space of a post. When users ask for "anything that can help me" (lists of books, web sites, tutorials, etc), the list typically grows to everything users have any experience with until all sense of specific expertise is lost. I would invite you to try again when you encounter problems in your day to day learning with robotics and I'm sure the folks here will be much better able to help. Sorry about the confusion and good luck with your studies! $\endgroup$ Nov 27 '12 at 16:41
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Start with basic electronics, ditch the books, start empirically do stuff. Chances are you will be bored as hell and it will be over.

Buy some cheap breadboard, LEDs transistors, buttons and see if its fun. Next buy some cheap engines and play with them. Still reading? Buy some books like "Robot Building for Beginners-David Cook" or surf the web. Next buy Arduino Uno (the cheapest) and learn some C or Java to program it.

Then you will know enough to decide for yourself and you will spend no more than 100$ on the stuff until then.

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    $\begingroup$ @DaemonMaker Thanks :D This is so cool to see someone read my blaberring and taking his time to edit it. First time for me. I feel honored. $\endgroup$ Nov 25 '12 at 21:12
  • $\begingroup$ I once opened a book on electronics . It was very boring that I gave up after the first chapter :D Is there any book that's so brief on theoretical topics and jumps to practical applications (How to actually design nontrivial circuits) . $\endgroup$
    – nabil
    Nov 26 '12 at 7:49
  • $\begingroup$ Go to makemagazine on YT or search "Collin Cunningham", it will give you breef understanding of the components. For circuits search the web (find some big local forum), don't bother with books, the method they teach is too boring. $\endgroup$ Nov 26 '12 at 8:46
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This same question was just asked a few days ago. Please look around before posting.

That being said, I would suggest taking a programming course for a start. The Udacity CS373 class is the gentlest introduction to robotics I'm aware of. I also recommend the textbook that the prof co-authored (but it's not used in the class).

Then you can use the time as you're working through the class to educate yourself more on hardware options.

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  • $\begingroup$ I know C++ . Programming is no problem . It seems I need to learn electronics, Mechatronics, Microcontroller programming to start robotics. Right? $\endgroup$
    – nabil
    Nov 26 '12 at 7:51

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