Enough is enough. If people think my candies will do something weird, let's make my candies do something weird.
So I got a damaged PC joystick, a broken toy car, some cellphone chargers and a plastic container, and I made a Robot Candy Bowl. It works with a pressure sensor. When somebody wants to pick a candy, if he touch the container, RoboCandy wakes up, spins its claw and lights its beam.
Simple? Maybe. But it does the job: All people take candies just for the fun of seeing it in action. It's like some kind of "Operation" board game.
Does anybody else want my Robotic Colombian Coffee Candies? :-)
Step 1: Materials
1 PC Joystick with handle
1 Broken batteries operated toy car.
1 Transparent and rectangular plastic container (not bigger than the joystick bottom side)
4 corner brace inside L (1in. x 1/2in.)
1 Empty plastic reel (like the used for wire or thread)
3 Cellphone charger (two with long case for the legs, the other one bulky with enough space for the battery)
1 Telephone charger
1 Laptop charger
1 iTop Pro toy (damaged).
2 Plastic wheels for chairs
1 Toggle switch
1 330 Ohm resistor
2 Big red LEDs
1 9V Battery clip
2 Plastic tubes, from a pen, a marker or a insuline syringe.
Nuts, screws and bolts
Black and red wires
Dremel Rotary Tool
And don't forget:
1. If you don't have it, replace it!
2. Use protective equipment (dust mask and goggles).
3. Beware of drilled and soldered hot surfaces.
4. Work in a good ventilated area.
5. Always have junk in stock.
6. Have fun.
7. Colombian Coffee Candies are good.