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I don't know what is wrong with my Colombian coffee candies. I brought a bag from my country and nobody wanted to eat. In the office they said they are cautious with the candies because they are used to see crazy and strange candies projects. Even I had to promoted my candies saying "who wants non-explosive, non-dangerous and delicious Colombian coffee candies?".

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? :-)
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
I used the following stuff:

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 Hing
1 Toggle switch
1 330 Ohm resistor
2 Big red LEDs
1 9V Battery clip
1 Hinge
2 Plastic tubes, from a pen, a marker or a insuline syringe.
Nuts, screws and bolts
Iron washers
Black and red wires
Superglue (cyanoacrylate)


Dremel Rotary Tool
Wire cutters
Screwdriver kit
Soldering Iron

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.
It is beautiful as it stands, but from seeing the first picture, I had hoped for more . . .

So can I encourage you to get ambitious ?  
How about, when you reach toward it, it picks out a candy and drops it in your hand ?

And when you become Senior Robotic Design Engineer at OCP, please don't forget The Three Laws !

M.C. Langer (author)  ElectroFrank1 year ago
Hi ElectroFrank: Thanks a lot for your comment. Maybe one day, when I learn some robotics, it could be more... robotic. In this momment it's just a toy. My specialty is junk art and creative reuse of plastic trash and e-waste. But your idea is good!

By the way, can I encourage you to put some step by step instructables and sharing your DIY knowledge with the community?


M.C. Langer
HollyMann1 year ago
This is awesome Mario!!! LOVE IT! :)
M.C. Langer (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thanks a lot Holly! How are you? Time no talk
wilgubeast1 year ago
This monstrosity startles me every time I take a café candy. The candies are worth the shock.
M.C. Langer (author)  wilgubeast1 year ago
The candies are almost over. I have to get more candies worthy of the shock!
Jhorbam1 year ago
Wow Coffe Deligth from my country COLOMBIA...
M.C. Langer (author)  Jhorbam1 year ago
Tomdf1 year ago
That is pretty cool that it ended up scooting around in circles like that. I really like how you take junk and make it into something awesome!
M.C. Langer (author)  Tomdf1 year ago
Thank you very much Tom! :-)
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Thanks Skipperarm!!
ChrysN1 year ago
That is adorable! Hey are you at Instructables HQ?
M.C. Langer (author)  ChrysN1 year ago
Thanks ChrysN!! I'm the new Artist in Residence. I will be three months working on Instructables HQ.
That sounds wonderful!
M.C. Langer (author)  ChrysN1 year ago
Yes, it is!! :-)
SHIFT!1 year ago
MC as always this project is amazing and I absolutely love the "Prank" aspect (although I am slightly disappointed it came at the expense of a PIXAR character!). Fantastic design and I'm sorry no one wanted delicious Colombian candies.
M.C. Langer (author)  SHIFT!1 year ago
Thanks a lot SHIFT! Now they want my candies! One question: what Pixar character are you talking about?
Just RC Car from Toy Story .....yeah he's one of my favorite characters. But, hey, if it's for one of your awesome robots, at least his death will be in vein :)
M.C. Langer (author)  SHIFT!1 year ago
Oooooh!!! Yes, the poor car was broken!!! Thanks!!
sunshiine1 year ago
Love it! You make such awesome robots!
M.C. Langer (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks Sunshiine!!! :-)
zews1 year ago
those thing. ha try this. it kills you with its AWESOMENESS. Top that. its deep fried Oreos with peanut butter inside. thats right, killing with awesomeness.
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M.C. Langer (author)  zews1 year ago
I think those candies are delicious.
M.C. Langer (author)  GorillazMiko1 year ago
Oh yes, GorillazMiko!! Thanks!
Mr.Sanchez1 year ago
Nobody wants Coffee Delight..?.what's wrong with them? Next time try with "Supercocos".
M.C. Langer (author)  Mr.Sanchez1 year ago
Supercocos!! Awesome idea!!
Supercoco mata coffee delight !!!