LMR Primer - Useful Links for New Members and Old Alike

"How do I build a robot?" 

"Which processor should I use?"

"Can you teach me to do that?"

These are the sort of questions we get again and again on LMR.  We're a helpful bunch of people, and we want you to have fun and learn too.  You are a very talented person.

The links I've collected below are ones that I feel may help you find what you are looking for. There are tons of other great material on LMR. Don't limit youself to the list below, but do check them out if you have questions in those areas.

Post comments on your own favorite tips and links for beginners, and I will add them to the list.



Informative Articles

Awesome 'n Easy Robot Projects

How do I... ?  Basic Electronics 'n Stuff

Basic Builds

It's not working! How do I fix... ?

Selected Sources, Particular Parts

Workshops and Tip Series


LMR "Publications"


Make: The Latest in Hobby Robotics

LMR Live Show

LMR in the News

The Pulse

Best LED Info Here

Not a week goes by that I don’t look this one up for reference.

How to make LED’s glow, not blow.   (OddBot)


http://www.learncpp.com/. Very good tutorial on C++, which helps with Arduino, OpenCV and undoubtedly much more.

http://arduino.cc/en/Reference/HomePage. That;s where I learned all my Arduino.


dutch guide learning to write C code

a free online guide to learn programming in dutch


the whole site is really usefull for people who speak dutch.


This is also a good famous

This is also a good famous tutorial site for arduino w/sensors etc: http://tronixstuff.wordpress.com/tutorials/

an other programming link for arduino (in english)



Just bringing this fine post to attention again. In the words of one James Brown, “Still good!”

Few links I would like to be

Few links I would like to be added-




The last one is specially good one for the tips on electronics.

the first one was found by birdmun

I guess this is a good tip

I guess this is a good tip to be added: https://www.robotshop.com/letsmakerobots/node/29634

Somehow I find this Primer a bit hard to find. I found it in the About page, together with a few other important links. I don’t think it is intuitive for a newbee to find all this info to help them get started. Perhaps make a link to the list of links in the Rules page? Or in the Home header or footer? I don’t know, but I think many people have to be shown that this list of useful links exists.


collected, thanks!

collected, thanks!

I added your IR sensor

I added your IR sensor tutorial to the list, thanks.

Thanks for bringing these to

Thanks for bringing these to my attention.

I added the link to the Arduino port reference, which I agree is super handy.

I think the usefulness of the Arduino stand alone breadboard assembly article is less universal, so I’m going to leave that off. It is a good article, and worth reviewing for anyone interested.

I’m also leaving off the Physical Computing link from NYU. It’s a very nice collection of knowledge, but I don’t want this page to be a ‘link of links’. I suggest you add it to LMR as a web link, unless someone has already added it.

I’ve had comments from JAX,

I’ve had comments from JAX, Ro-Bot-X and OddBot suggesting that this page should have a more prominent link on the LMR menus. I will ask Frits about it, but I know that there is only so much room on the menu, and it is always a challenge to decide what is ‘menu worthy’.

Here is one if Jax’ projects
Here is one if Jax’ projects that is super easy to make and is very well documented. I, as a beginner will start with a similar project to this- https://www.robotshop.com/letsmakerobots/node/29185?page=3. Its about his hexa spider and it deserves to be added in the Awesome and easy projects category as its both. Again birdmun gets the credit for finding this link for me.