Why is this called the Motivation Project if it's about robotics?
What exactly will I use to build this robot?
Find out as we embark on a quest to see if it's possible to build a robot using Lego pieces (specifically used for Bionicle figures), arduino, and a fistful of motivation because the builder here is infamous for starting projects but never actually finishing them.
So, let's see if we can build a robot and actually finish it!
Literally just various Lego pieces ranging from blocks, boards, Bionicle figure pieces, gears, rods
Arduino UNO Kit
currently in the process of attaining one
Creating a robot can be a challenge in itself. What with not only gathering the materials and parts for the build of the robot but also programming it with the necessary commands to control it, it is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and far from cheap especially to young students who work at sandwich shops.
So why build a robot in the first place?
To put it this way, to prove that I can actually finish a project that implements programming.
To fellow Cognitive Scientists, to study motor cognition as embodied through a machine.
That's right. I actually want to apply what I learned in COGS: Robots and Embodied Cognition in real-life using cheaper materials.
Sure I could have used the microcontroller boards used during class but the Arduino offers more resources and more focus on the motor-controlled basis of robotics.