Let me start by saying, I have no electronics experience at all. So, if your like me, and want to build a cool robot without any electronic experience and next to no money, this project is perfect for you. But beware! This robot tends to run amuck!
1 Homemedic ATOM massager (This is the most expensive and most important item. You can possibly use another massager, but you will have to change the design. I just happened to have one laying around that someone gave as a Christmas gift).
1 plastic single muffin container. This is the plastic shell that a single muffin sometimes comes in when you buy it at the grocery store. You can substitute this item with any small round plastic container with a lid. I just happened to be eating a muffin when had the idea, so it came in handy.
1 UFO shaped Fiber Optic Light (I got mine at the Dollar Store, but I've only seen it sold there the one time I bought it. You can substitute this by making a robot head out of cardboard.)
2 1" inch to 2" inch Brass Brads (fasteners)
Cardboard or Foam board
Clear / Transparent Tape
Heavy duty double sided poster tape
2 decorative glass beads
Glue or Hot Glue Gun
Sticky back Velcro
Sharpie Markers (Ideally 1 silver 1 black) -OR- Metallic Paint
1 broken solar light -OR- modify my instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-light-up-drink-coaster/ such that light turn on by a switch
1 plastic sample/ medicine cup or half of plastic egg (the sort put candy in for Easter)
Check out this video of the disco robot in action. Part of the video can be seen in 3D using Red-Blue (Red Cyan) glasses. If you don't have a pair, check out this Instructable on making 3D glasses https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-3D-Picture-Glasses/
Step 1: Make the Robot's Body
Take your exacto knife and cut a circular hole in the bottom of your muffin container such that the plastic shell can rest on top of your Atom vibrator. Remember, you will have to be able to access the on-off button on the top of the Atom Vibrator.
Step 2: Let There Be Light
Recently, a powerful wind storm blew one of our out-door decorative solar lights smashing it on the ground. Being the consummate string-saver, I couldn't simply throw away a perfectly good smashed up solar light. I discovered that even without the solar panel, the LED Light within still functioned with the use of a AA battery. The solar panel was gone as well as most of the outer shell leaving only a circular base, an LED light, a small circuit board with an on-off switch, and battery connectors without the battery case. By coincidence, I discovered that this circular LED light base fit perfectly inside the muffin container that would make up the robots body.
As the battery housing to the light had been destroyed, using a piece of cardboard and a AA battery, I made a battery case for the battery to light the LED.
If you don't happen to have a broken out-door solar light and don't feel like destroying one (they are very cheap), you can simply make your own light using a battery and an LED or fill the body of your robot with almost any small scrap electronic parts. You can also modify my instructable for making a light-up LED drink coaster.
Step 3: Light Shade
You can also add additional decorative features. I later added stickers and some marker lines over the cup to make it appear as if this was some sort of high-tech machinery. If you don't have access to a plastic cup like this, you can also use half of a plastic Easter Egg.
Step 4: To Arms With Two Arms
Ideally you can make your robot arms out of Styrofoam board. As I didn't have any laying about and no time to go to the store, I used some scraps of cardboard. Even stiff paper will work fine. You can use the template below to make your robot's arms and can print the arms on stiff card stock and glue it to either cardboard or Styrofoam board. Alternatively, use a silver marker or silver metallic paint to color in your robot's arms. For my robot, I just quickly colored in two cardboard arms using a silver and a black sharpie marker.
Glue or tape the circular shoulder portion to the arm on both sides. Use a Brad fastener to attach the arms to the plastic body of the robot (the muffin container).
Step 5: Attaching the Robot Body
Alternatively, you can simply tape the body of the robot onto the Atom Vibrator as I did initially. If you use this method, you will have to open the muffin container to reach inside to push the button. This is more difficult then it might seem as once the vibrator is turned on, your robot will want to run amuck in a mad disco frenzy. You also have to make sure the body of the robot is well positioned. If the body is tilted too far, the robot will topple over when it starts to shake. Remember you will also have to turn the light on inside the robot's body if you plan to use a light.
Double sided stick tape works best if you plan to tape the robot's body to the vibrator, though clear tape can work as well...though it is likely to fall apart after a few minutes.
Step 6: Robot Head
To attach the head to the body of the robot (the muffin container), I used double sided tape stuck to the bottom of the UFO base of the fiber optic light right in the center of the battery lid. That way, the batteries were still accessible by popping the battery lid off and lifting the head from the robots body. Sticky-back velcro or hook and loop fastener would also work very well here. You could probably also use plastic glue.
Step 7: All Together Now
Step 8: 3D Pictures and Shameless Self Promotion
After building your robot, don't forget to get your own Disco Robot T-shirt as well as lots of other groovy items from my DarkRubyMoon Store.
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Step 9: Safety
Step 10: Visit DarkRubyMoon.com
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