I ordered the fastening hardware today from a local company after a false start with McMaster-Carr (won't ship to individuals... wat the hek). I should be able to pick it up within the next few days and have a prototype together by the end of the week. I'm not concerned about the software or electronics being difficult to get setup.
On another note, I'd like the video I make about this robot to be super cool. It shouldn't be overly technical or dry. It should be fun and accessible to a wide range of people. The joy of robotics shouldn't be limited to the people who understand the engineering behind it. Obviously battle bots exists and there was that giant robot duel thing which appeal to a larger audience but I don't think those get to the core of what robotics is really about.
Robotics is really about autonomy. A device where every little movement is controlled by a person isn't really a robot, it's just a device. I don't mean autonomy just in terms of vision; I mean in terms of movement as well. A device that expands the mobility capabilities of machines is definitely a robot.
I would like to help share the core of robotics with the rest of the world.