I've recently decided (tonight during my shower, while I was singing) that I want to build a robot. Not the kind you see on the game shows, but a simple one I can finish in the next year or so, while I'm still in high school and have the time and drive to actually complete it. My high school has a couple tech teachers who, despite working there for almost 30 years, know little about making these. I would like input on pretty much all aspects about the process of designing and building such a robot.
a) Movement. via remote control, without wires dangling behind that much remain connected, range isn't particularly important up to 25ft or so is fine. Does not need to be fast. Would probably run on batteries because that's just easiest from what I understand.
b) Picks stuff up. Any kind of claw, hand, or any other object that could be powered easily. Doesn't have to be a crushing kind of grip, but able to grab and lift a small (5lb?) object and move with it.
c) *(insert your great idea here)*
Other than that, I don't know what else it would need. Would I need to do 3D drawings beforehand, using AutoCAD or hand-drawings? Would it be something I could tell colleges about(American colleges, sorry to be unfair to Europeans/Australians playing)? Is the project too long to complete in a year?
Obviously, this is still in it's baby steps and hasn't actually been thought out yet. Any (helpful) ideas at all would be greatly appreciated, and I know a bunch of CB nerds like us should at least know something. Thanks a bunch in advance for anything you know!