I was pointed in this direction by a facebook group "I Want To Customize My Johnny 5 Toy Robot!" and I'm looking to get started in Robotics. I did about 5 hours of research last night, watching videos, reading these forums / articles to understand the best place to start (e.g. Arduino vs EZ Robot).
For me, the choice was made due to programming constraints. I'm a .NET programmer and so think I'd enjoy programming in .NET for robotics. I do have a few questions that I hope the community can help me with.
1. My biggest issue with modern robotics (Cozmo etc) is that the "brain" is either a smartphone or a pc (basically cloud / remote). I saw in the forums a few people have used micro pc's and DJ mentioned support for DIY Makers in the future for adding a "brain" to a robot rather than using cloud / remote. Could someone elaborate on this or provide an example of a good micro pc I could use?
2. I saw DJ's post on the forum splitting the brand into an educational brand and a DIY Makers brand which means both will have more focus going forward. This is great to see, both brands look like they're supported and loved. My question though is should I wait for the DIY Maker brand to go live before buying the dev kit? Will the price change, will there be a new version e.g. EZ-Bv5 etc once the DIY Makers site goes live?
3. I also am big on community and sharing so would like to participate, just wondering if I should wait for the split before joining in on discussions in the forum etc.
4. Solar panels. I want to eventually make my creations / minions self sustaining e.g. Seek sunlight when running out of power, much like our beloved Wall-E does. Is this possible with EZ Robot currently?
Looking forward to working with you all in the future,