Robot design construction... I like Isaac Asimov visions on robots, he did the one's with the pozitronic brains with 3 laws. Which was kind of buggie as the designer forgot computers count zero as a value/location, so it's really 4 laws 0-3. That could have been the design problem in with the Terminators also.
I don't think NZ has a robot wars competition. Not sure if any Universities have robotics courses. I hear this are courses up by the great lakes in the usa that the car companies sponsor, that have labs and courses on robots design, construction and maintenance.
Yea Massey does indeed have a Mechatronics course....I'm a 4th year BEng (Hons) Mechatronics student, i'm currently in the Mech lab working on a small autonomous guided vehicle (AGV). There is far more work then the 'average joe' would ever consider when it comes to building a 'simple' robot hardware + electronics + software = nightmares.
Well enough of my complaining (a key component just failed) and procrastinating back to work...only a few days before it is due.
Have fun and remember if you want to build a robot PLANNING is the most IMPORTANT step.....planning and a good understanding of electronics and programming