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project: Eabon I
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       There I am, surfing the internet when suddenly I stumble on a bugbot called 'Scout II'. I shouted out because it had been several years now since I saw a special on TV about Mark W. Tilden and his robots. In no time I was on a path that lead me to my most favorite hobby ever. After many hours of hunting I found, ordered, waited, received, & read the book 'Junkbots, Bugbots, & Bots on Wheels'.
       Now I was ripping apart useless electronics and building my first robot ever. I was building off the Herbie design, which the book explains beautifully. After completion I flipped the switch with much anticipation. Nothing. I try again. Still nothing. Frustrated a little, I trouble-shooted and de-bugged with all my might for days, only to become even more frustrated. It was useless. It was never going to work.
       But that didn't stop me. I was just too excited about all this robot stuff. I'm glad I went on. Because it has been rewarding ever since.
       'Eabon I' was still a good project. I learned many things building it. But most of all, I'll never forget that feeling of building my own robot. It has carried me to where I am at now and I've no idea about where it will lead from here.
       I can't call 'Eabon I' a robot really. I think of it as more of a model of a robot. One that was pure fantasy and little or no practicality. So build on fellow robotists, build on and on and on.
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'Eabon I' is still sitting on a shelf in my lab. It is a reminder that barriers can be broken.
project: Eabon I
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