You've gained an understanding of the items and methods needed to get a good start at robot building. You've read schematics and hopefully experienced prototyping, soldering, and tweaking. Maybe you've even built your first robot.
Where do you go from here?
It seems that there's a never-ending stream of new parts, tricks, and technologies in the world of robotics. That's half the allure. Besides the everyday challenges that remain to be solved by robots, there are also plenty of organized contests. This chapter highlights some of the components, challenges, and contests that may interest you as next steps.
The line-following robot contains the primary electrical components encountered in almost all robot designs: ...