I've always dreamed about building stuff, mechanical stuff, electric stuff...R2D2 Starwars podracer army of robots with laserguns ... STUFF!
Since I'm more of the programming type and less of the electronic type (I was always pretty bad in electronic), I thought I would try to do a project using a micro controller to build a Binary Clock. I know that you can do the exact same thing without any controller, entirely with an integrated circuit but since I'm planing on doing more advanced things, micro controllers are just what I want.
The problem is I don't know where to start. I have no idea what I need, what types of micro controllers there are and how I can program them. I am "of course" using google at this very moment and reading through a bunch of tutorials but I was wondering if some of you know some quality resources that cover in great detail, for absolute beginners, tutorials about creating something from scratch.
I don't think that I'll have any problems programming the controller, that's not what I'm worrying about. I'm having just slight problems figuring out how the micro controller is used to ... light an LED or make a motor move etc.