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Furry Elephant is an introductory-level robot project that aims to introduce robotics to people in a more familiar and appealing way. The robot interacts with various objects and people to reflect its characteristics and personalities. I designed the project with the below considerations in mind; 

Affordability - Made from affordable materials
Interactivity - Interact with people and other objects
Attractive -  Cute and furryy design
Technology - Use simple technology to demonstrate difficult electronic concepts

This project was inspired by the Robobrrd project.

Step 1: Plan your robot

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Brainstorm and sketch out the look you would like to have for your robot; finalize the types of interaction that your robot will have

Here are the list of materials you will need for the elephant:

Wood or cardboard: 40cm (width)  x 20 cm (height)  X 0.5cm (thickness)
2 Servo motors
3 Popsicle sticks
Wires of various thickness 
1 photo resistor
1 reed switch
1 magnet 

Step 2: Building the body

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• Using this template, laser-cut the body using either wood or cardboard
• Press-fit all the side pieces together, if you do not have the indicated thickness of wood or cardboard, you can reinforce the connections using a hot glue gun.
• The top and bottom pieces will be attached using magnets to allow easy attachment and removal.
• Glue magnets both to top and sides of the pieces according to where the top and sides will attach. Repeat for the bottom piece.
• Glue 3 popsicle sticks on the third slot within the body, this is where the servos will be attached.
• Cut out felt based on this template. Glue the felt onto the wood body that you just created
• Trim the felt on the top and bottom of the box

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Awww that's so cute. Its kind of like one of those Furbby things. :)
fqiu (author)  Treasure Tabby2 years ago
Haha, yes, I did look at Furbies to get some ideas!
shazni2 years ago
Wow...that's really nice.
SHIFT!2 years ago
This is too adorable!