Once you’ve built your 2020 Bot and played around with it a bit, the next step is writing your own programs. The 2020 Bot uses an Arduino Nano micro controller. A simple web search will turn up plenty of references. Here’s a good link to get you started:
Here is a hookup diagram and a wiring checklist to go along with the 2020 Bot video instructions. The diagram has a couple breadboard locations that are different than what are called out in the video and checklist, but they are functionally equivalent.
This probably qualifies as my first real robot. Still works after 20+ years.
I built it as part of the final project in my grad school Artificial Intelligence course. The professor made sure I understood the project was a software project, and not to get hung up on the hardware side (fortunately, being an electrical engineer in a comp-sci class made that a little easier).
Here’s my final report, along with all the typos intact…
At least once an hour, I’ll pick a volunteer from the attendees to build a 2020 Bot. The lucky volunteer will get to keep the robot after they build it! The catch is, they need to hang out at my booth for the 20 minutes it takes to build the robot…
The 2020 Bot project is really starting to develop, and it will eventually have a dedicated site. For now, I’ve added a 2020 Bot Resources menu to the blog. You’ll definitely want to check out my project posts along with the resources.