Introduction: I MADE IT!! Potatobot (Well, I Like "Potatoborg")

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Scoochmaroo wrote about the Potatobots Invation:



So, I made my own Potatoborg:

It was fun!!

Step 1: Do You Want Fries With That???

Picture of Do You Want Fries With That???


Iron piece
Plastic piece of a car window motor
Car toy wheel
Playstation joystick eccentric motor
2 oven knobs
2 iron angles
nuts and screws
1 AA Battery box
1 socket
Various plastic pieces

And don't forget the M.C. Langer building rules:

1. If you don't have it, replace it!
2. Use protective equipment (well, it's just a potato. But if you need protection, use it!)
3. Beware of drilled and soldered hot surfaces
4. Work in a good ventilated area.
5. Always have junk in stock
6. Enjoy!

Step 2: Legs and Back

Picture of Legs and Back

To make the legs, use my traditional knobs legs (If you have any doubt, watch out for my "Rob Zombie" and "Rare Planters" instructables). Then, fix them to a plastic piece (could be from a Microsoft joystick).

When you make it, screw it to the potato.

For the back, screw the AA batteries box.

Step 3: Head

Picture of Head

For the head, I use a dual plug, half AC-DC adaptator case and a plastic cap.

Step 4: Arms and Front.

Picture of Arms and Front.

LEFT ARM: insert the socket to the potato's left side, and drill a hole in the center. It will be the shoulder. For the arm, screw the iron piece to the plastic piece. Then, screw the arm to the socket.

RIGHT ARM: Fix a Playstation's joystick eccentric motor to a toy car wheel (use glue or screw it). Then, insert the wheel to the potato right side. Solder the motor terminals to the batteries box terminals. NOTE: If you want more vibrations, use a toy motor instead of the joystick one.

FRONT: Screw a tape record gear to the potato front.

Now, screw the head and... Voila! Your Potatoborg is ready!


FrozenIce (author)2011-10-26

so... does it do anything???? haha love it :)

M.C. Langer (author)FrozenIce2011-10-26

Thanks! :-)

kgyll (author)2011-06-09

my suggestion : add a cone-shaped drill at the left arm... trust me. it will look more handsome than before

Kaptain Kool (author)2011-03-18

Its like Mr. Potato Head only 100 times cooler.

More like the Terminator of Potato Heads.

Yeah, that seams about right...

M.C. Langer (author)Kaptain Kool2011-05-22

Thanks!!! :-)

M.C. Langer (author)Kaptain Kool2011-03-18

Thanks Kaptain Kool!!! :-)

KingVII (author)2011-04-30


M.C. Langer (author)KingVII2011-05-01

Eeeeeh... a what?

chicopluma (author)2011-01-25

Do you want to eat me?
Be afraid fries lovers, the potatoes defender is here

M.C. Langer (author)chicopluma2011-01-25


maxsuit (author)2011-01-20

MInd blowing Man.!!!!!!!!

M.C. Langer (author)maxsuit2011-01-20

Thanks Man!!!!

red-king (author)2010-06-08

how about "Ro-tato" =P

M.C. Langer (author)red-king2010-06-08

:-) Well, not bad, but sounds like a spinning thing. =P

red-king (author)M.C. Langer2010-06-12

that's what i thought after I posted it. haha.

Win Guy (author)red-king2010-08-28

How about Robotato?? Cool bot, I like it alot! Hey that rhymes! lol 5/5

M.C. Langer (author)Win Guy2010-08-28

LOL!! I love it!!

yoyology (author)2010-06-08

Could you use the old science fair trick of zinc and copper electrodes in the potato itself to power the motor?

M.C. Langer (author)yoyology2010-06-08

Maybe. But I don't know if it has enough voltage. And you will need a better motor than a joystick one.

yoyology (author)M.C. Langer2010-06-08

Worth fiddling with. Maybe I'll give it a try. Great 'ible, by the way. I think I want to get a poster with M. C. Langer's rules on it to put in my workshop. Of course, I need a workshop first. :-)

M.C. Langer (author)yoyology2010-06-08

WOW!!! Thanks Yoyology!! Well, it was a last minute 'ible, because I wanted to take the "I made it" Challenge on the Scoochmaroo's Potatobots article, and it looked like a cool idea. But now, I'm working in more instructables. More planters, one vibrobot and a big prop gun. Mmmm... a poster? I love the idea!!!!

I also love the idea. I see a thing going on here, the anticipation begins :)

juanoporras (author)M.C. Langer2010-06-08

hey yoyology, probably you can do that and add a cap somewhere so it recharges/discharges and giving vibration bursts, probably you want to use a cellphone vibrator, these ones draw less current. Im no electronics expert but know about a thing or two, hopefully this can work out. somebody with more knowledge about this please comment! cya!

NostalgicStone (author)2010-06-14

Awesome. oh and I LOVE IT!

Thanks NostalgicStone!!!! :-)

linacrespo (author)2010-06-14

Que tan vacano! me encantó el proyecto y con la creatividad colombiana que los caracteriza!

M.C. Langer (author)linacrespo2010-06-14

Muchas gracias Lina!!!! Ya viste mis otros proyectos?? Y tú de dónde eres? Un saludo enorme!!

linacrespo (author)M.C. Langer2010-06-14

Soy de Medellín, me encanta ésta página y me gustó mucho encontrar un instructable colombiano tan chévere. ya me pongo a chismosiar tus otros proyectos. chauu

M.C. Langer (author)linacrespo2010-06-14

UNA PAISA!!!! LAS MUJERES MÁS BELLAS DE COLOMBIA!!!! (Y eso que soy bogotano!!) Si te interesa, me encuentras también en Facebook. Tengo perfil, página y grupo con todas mis creaciones. Puedes buscar por Mario Caicedo Langer.

skiedra (author)2010-06-09

No, seriously, where from do you take so many oven knobs? :D Anyways, great instructable!

M.C. Langer (author)skiedra2010-06-09

LOL!!! Thanks Skiedra! Well, my city Bogotá has streets with specialized commerce. We have two areas with electronic components commerce, one with cellphones hackers, a lot with hardware shops, and so on. Bogotá has a main avenue called "Avenida Caracas", where are a lot of stoves and ovens spare parts shops. There is where I buy my knobs, everyone costs 50 dollar cents. Bogotá is a very complete city!!! :-) I love oven knobs. My contribution to humanity will be transform oven knobs into junkbots legs... LOL!!!!

skiedra (author)M.C. Langer2010-06-09

Aye, there are many great things in this distant South American city. It a shame you did not elect Mockus, who's parents came from my country - Lithuania.

M.C. Langer (author)skiedra2010-06-09

Not so fast, my friend! In Colombia, our democratic system has something called "Two rounds". In the first round, all the candidates for President participate. If no one can get the 51% of Colombian votes, then the two best voted candidates participate in the second round. We are waiting for the second round, between Juan Manuel Santos (the winner of the first round, successor and favorite of the actual President Álvaro Uribe Vélez) and Antanas Mockus (a non-political college teacher who was one of the best former Mayors in the Bogotá history). But the political situation is tense, because the Mockus fans tell that Santos is corrupt and made electoral fraud (thanks to be the favorite of the actual President), and the corruption and violence will be deeper because he's a troublemaker; and the Santos fans tell that Mockus is a clown who has no idea of how to govern a country, and the violence will be deeper because we need a military solution, and Mockus wants to make pedagogy and teach us how to be good citizens. Well, I want Mockus for President. But in this moment and this place, the only votation I care is for the Garden Contest. LOL!!!! :-)

juanoporras (author)2010-06-08

doode that is an awesome instructable!! BTW I am from Colombia too!! ;) nice to see paisanos over here. regards

M.C. Langer (author)juanoporras2010-06-08

VIVA COLOMBIA, CARAJO!!!!! Qué bueno verte, paisano!!! De dónde eres??? Y bueno, éste fue un proyecto de 10 minutos. Mira los otros míos!

juanoporras (author)M.C. Langer2010-06-08

que VIVA hijuemadre :P, viejo yo soy de San Gil, Santander, pero en estos momentos estoy viviendo en Canada. Si ya habia leido algunos de sus otros instructables (Instructibles? :P) pero no sabia que era Colombiano, que bueno ver paisanos por aca!! Ya pronto hare mi primer instructable para la competencia de USB :P a ver como nos va. espero todo vaya bien por alla!! saludos!

M.C. Langer (author)juanoporras2010-06-08

Gracias hermano!!! Suerte por esos rumbos, y espero ver pronto su instructivo!!

pinky112 (author)2010-06-08

lol very cool..

M.C. Langer (author)pinky1122010-06-08

Thanks Pinky!!!

zascecs (author)2010-06-08

Thats pretty neat.

M.C. Langer (author)zascecs2010-06-08


M.C. Langer (author)2010-06-07

Thank you Kelsey. I just did it!

kelseymh (author)2010-06-07

Resistance is futile. You will be deep-fried.

M.C. Langer (author)kelseymh2010-06-07


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