While sitting in my condo at Treasure at Tampines a few weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to make better use of my spare time. I thought about all of the possible hobbies that I could take up, and the one that seemed the most interesting to me was robotics. I’ve always been fascinated by robots, and thought it would be cool to build my own. I looked online for resources to help me get started with making my first robot, and found a wonderful online community full of people who have had experience with building their own. They were more than willing to help me get started.
I decided to make my first robot a simple one that would be able to move backwards and forwards on its own. There was always time to make more complicated things. I just wanted to have my foot in the door so I could get a basic understanding of how a robot works and how it knows what to do. I had to learn a little bit of computer programming to create the commands that my robot would use. Simple things like moving the servos and turning direction when bumping into an object are all controlled my special commands.
Once my first robot was done, I disconnected it from my computer and let it loose on the floor so it could move around. The robot moved forward and then hit the wall. Once touching the wall, it backed up and moved its treads slightly to alter its course, and then moved again until it hit something else. It was a basic robot, but I was proud of what it could do. My next robot project was something that would be able to see and lift objects and put them in a container.