Step 9: Other Possibilities

Smaller Circuits
A surface mount version of the Picaxe 20x-2 is available to make even smaller microcontroller modules. For details on easily soldering surface mount components see here:

Remote Control Ring
The robot ant can be controlled by other Picaxe controllers configured to output infrared Sony signals. For details on how to make a remote control ring that can control the robot, see here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-Remote-Control-Ring/

Robot Neurons
A biological ant has between 200 to 3000 neurons working in parallel to control its movements. If we consider a microcontroller to be a very crude neuron, the robot ant has the equivelent of 4 neurons. The Picaxe, servo controller, motor controller, and infrared sensor each have a microcontroller as part of the module. Many more microcontrollers than this will be needed to achieve the incredible parallel processing of even simple biological systems.

Ant Hairs
Biological ants have hundreds of fine hairs and each one is a touch sensitive sensor. The main problem with robots today is not a lack of processing power , but the lack of sensitive sensors in large quantities. Many more sensors will be necessary to make this robot ant come closer to the incredibly fine manipulations of a real ant.

Laser Cutter and Smaller Robots
A laser cutter could be used to make some precision parts to make a micro 3d printer. The printer would then be used to make even smaller parts for a microscopic robot. The microscopic robot could then be used to manipulate objects on the scale of molecules.

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Wow! I could use this, only a bit bigger, and taller, or something in an robot arm, to get my bottles out of the fridge! Nice work!
Thanks for replying early. Perhaps for the gear problems you could use piezoelectric materials. I don't know much about them, but they are smaller.
Wow, for $39 this is an awsome build. I would like to see someone miniaturize it, as i have almost no skills is robotics building. keep up the good work! 5*
It's actually $300. $39 is for the treads.
cool robot really like the tank treads but the price is kinda steep at 39$
What!? It's more like $300.
Seriously? You can spend $39.00 on a movie and snacks for 2-3 people!
Ive spent 200 dollars now for my robot and it is still not working I wish I could take it all back and spend 39 dollars for a robot that does more than mine.<br>
Sorry, the 39 dollars was just for the tank treads and two drive motors. The robot ant parts cost about $300 in total.<br><br>Don't give up on yours. Most of my robots do not work well for long periods of time until I slowly find all the bugs and eliminate them.
I think people read my comment wrong i was just thinking of a cheaper method for the tank treads like the tamiya gearbox. I personnaly use use the picaxe all the time
It might have been easier to read if you used punctuation.
I have heard the dont give up on it a lot of times before, and I will not until I at least get this one done and then get more complex<br> <br>thx for the encouragement<br>
u kidding?im goin on a date soon and im gonna haf to pay 50 bucks nearly!!!!!!!!!
Read the whole thread the total robot costs 300$. The tank treads cost 40$.
Agreed. We are using this chip for a low cost robot kit for our robotics club here in Nashville. Great projects!
the vidyo was amazing!!!!!!!!
Your instructables keep getting better and better. Keep up the awesome work!
how do i fave this thing???!?!!? i love it!!!

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