Step 2: Whisker Making

Step 1 - (Twisting the Whisker Wire)
  • To make our whiskers a tad more stiff we will double up the wire. To do this cut your wire into two 60 cm lengths.
  • Secure one end of the wires in a vise. and the other end in the chuck of a drill (squeezing the two pieces together so when you turn the drill on it twists the wire)
  • Sandwich one 15mm bolt, between the two wires 30cm from the end.
  • Turn the drill on and go until the wire is tightly twisted, with the 15mm bolt secured in the middle.

Step 2 - (Bending the Whiskers)
  • Print out the whisker bending guide (04-WHIS-Whisker Bending Guide.pdf)
  • Bend your wire into the pattern (I used a pair of needle nose pliers)
(no need to fret about being precise, the included pattern is one which works well but any number will suffice)
<p>Yes, I found the error in the code. It is a bit too long to place in this comment, however I included the .ino file as an attachment to my blog entry in classroom 2.0. It is called SERB Whiskers2.ino.</p><p><a href="http://www.classroom20.com/forum/topics/hawaiian-technology-inventors-club-arduino-and-beyond-1" rel="nofollow">http://www.classroom20.com/forum/topics/hawaiian-t...</a></p><p>It has been tested and tried in my fifth grade classroom and all works well.</p>
Awesome idea! I have a problem on the last step, bummer. When I try to verify the code in the Arduino code builder it gives me an error saying something is wrong with this line <br> <br>beginSerial (9600); //Starts the serial port <br> <br>Any idea what's wrong? Thanks again. <br> <br>
Cool but I think that's way too stiff to make whiskers it's even pushing the obstacles when it bumps into them. I'd use guitar string or something more sensitive and whisker-like.

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