Josh, thanks for creating this site and thanks for not filling it with ads. I’m delighted to be one of your Patreon supporters. You may not get rich from my contribution but I am happy to be a part of your team. I encourage others to join as well.
I began collecting parts for my “ultimate” robot rover 20+ years ago, however, the plans quickly fell apart when I got to thinking about controlling everything. It was easy to collect parts but controlling them, not so much, I concluded I would need some kind of OS to tie it all together but that was outside of my scope and ROS had not been invented yet.
I still have most of the parts, so once I duplicate your projects, I will then try to expand upon them by interfacing other inputs and outputs. Ultimately, I have a Sharper Image robot from the 1980s that I want to gut and replace with a suitable electronics and video package – long term goal.
I also have one of the few Hero 2000 Robots from Heathkit – it was designed with 12 CPU Cards. I’m thinking someday, I might learn enough to unplug the cards and create my own controller since everything on the robot is extended into the card cage. I’ve also thought about perhaps selling the Hero 2000 and use the proceeds to fund other robot explorations.
Finally, I have a few robot arms, some with and without controllers. For all of these things I have collected, software is the limiting factor. Already, from your videos, I can see how I can eventually hope to bring these devices to life with ROS2.
I’m battling some health issues right now, which limits my ability to build things physically just yet, but I am hoping to become more active with this community.
Best if success.
P.S. I’m still learning my way around this community software. Unless I have overlooked it, you may want to consider adding an introductions section. If you do,. please feel free to reclassify this post there.