Where do we go from here?
If you made one, I hope you'll send me a picture and let me know what you did or didn't like about the design. Tell me what you did to make it better.
Here are some thoughts I had on where to go next:
? Alter the programming so each bug has a distinct behavior. Angry, happy, sleepy.
- Temperature dependent behavior
? The chip has an on board temperature sensor.
- Jar of Fireflies
? Buggy's platform would work for any number of LED projects. You could use the unused ports, or multiplex an LED array using the IR and VIS sensor ports.
- Hijack aRadioShack 'HexBug'
? Replace the electronics and you could program in some cool behaviors like hunter / prey with the IR. The chip will source 40 mA on the ports, which might be enough to run the motor directly.
? I've only got an octave programmed in Buggy. It wouldn't be hard to double that and have it play some melodies like ring tones.
- Practical joke
? Program the board to chirp randomly and tape it under someone's desk. Have it go off at a random time every other day. It would drive them nuts!
? Use the IR to turn off TVs at random times!
- Motion sensor
. I put one on a shelf facing a lit window, and it would go off if you walked by. It drove my wife crazy!
- There must be a million others. Let me know what you think.
Good luck, and have fun. Ken