My plan is to create a platform for experimenting with robotics with parts gathered from garage sales, using EZ-Board and EZ-Builder. I love EZ Board and EZ Builder, because it lets me get right to experimenting with the stuff I get from the garage sales. I can test all kinds of electronics right off the bat. Later I may convert some things into code so that the robots can be small and autonomous.
Other places I consider within the realm of "garage sale" are Goodwill, thrift stores, and the trusty old Dollar Tree.
First I need to build a platform or chassis to "lay out" the parts I plan to experiment with. Of course, everything cannot be found at yard sales. Try as I could, I could find no EZ-Boards at yard sales last week. These are the things I have purchased outside of the garage sales route:
You gotta have this!
Solderless breadboard (2.2" x 3.4"0)
one so far
A bunch of bread boarding wires
12-Position European-Style Mini Terminal Strip
(RS Model: 274-680 Catalog #: 274-680 $2.99)
(you can never have enough of these, I started with 10)
I'll probably need to buy some sensors and servo
s at a later date.