It has been a long time since I had the opportunity to participate in robotics competitions and I was looking for some help. Unfortunately, during these competitions I spent most of my efforts fabricating parts and writing the software and don’t have much expertise with hardware.
What I want:
I’m looking to build a system that will be capable of controling several (5-10) DC motors (probably undera 1A, but not necessarily), several servos (5-10) and has a reasonable number of analog and digital IO ports.
The trick is, I want to avoid systems that have built in computing and would rather have a control box I can build to be run by C++ or Java from my desktop via the USB port (or serial).
I’ve noticed several parts here on the site but would appreciate help in getting this up and running.
Additionally, as a refernce, a system I liked very much was this ( maslab.csail.mit.edu/2005/kit.php ). It connected to the PC via usb and could do all of the above. Unfortunately I decided not to purchase it at the end of the competition and am now regretting it.