In the beginning there were pagers. The fact that activated pagers danced their way off of desks and dressers was little more than an aggravation to most people. That changed when it happened in the presence of a maker. Soon after that eureka moment the vibrobot was born. As those early technological vibrating critters started to multiply they began taking on nearly every mechanical form imaginable. Their off balance, weighted motors hummed and shook sending these scooters off in random directions.

Then it happened. One morning a maker preparing to take on a new day glanced down at the toothbrush in his hand, and the bristlebot was conceived. Who could have known the technological stir something as simple as a sawed off toothbrush would make. No one could have predicted the great personal pleasure makers around the world would find in hacking, of all things, a toothbrush. The simple yet elegant design of the bristlebot instantly made it a favorite project for makers of all ages. It quickly became an icon so deeply rooted in maker culture that it could never be replaced or forgotten.

On the next branch of the vibrobot's evolutionary family tree we find the dipbot. Made with discarded integrated circuits, nearly all dipbots are born of, most appropriately, motherboards. These are the low riders of vibrobot culture. What they lack in height they make up for in leg count as most have at least 40. Most dipbots look like some sort of multi-legged bug that may byte.

With such wide ranging variation in its gene pool, the vibrobot family tree has naturally lent itself to continued innovative evolutionary adaptation. Influenced to a great degree by environment, vibrobots continue to spring forth from whatever salvaged stuff seems to be at hand. They can evolve from boxes of spare parts, the guts of electronic dark age gadgets (read the word pagers here), personal care items, old video game controllers, and discarded computers. All of these environmental factors lend themselves quite well to the task of expanding the vibrobot genotype.

That brings us to the focus of this Instructable - the Socbot. Born in the mind of this author when he first saw a dipbot, this is the next step in the evolution of vibratory micro robot design. This new kid on the block is a highly advanced vibrobot. Controlled by a salvaged television infrared remote control, this PICAXE brained next generation vibrobot stands ready to respond to your every directional command. No more random roaming. With the simple press of a button the socbot's unique wire wrap socket locomotion system kicks into gear sending this critter off in whatever direction you choose. Powered by alkaline watch batteries, the socbot features twin outboard vibrating pager motors. Although current limited by design, this microbot is powerful enough to scoot around on any smooth surface. While big on brains, it is still small enough to sit on a quarter. With so much technological heritage and power packed into such a small space, one has to wonder where the next step in the evolution of vibratory technology will take us.

Here is an excellent Vibrobots article written by Gareth Branwyn





1 - PICAXE -08M
1 - 16 Pin Wire Wrap Socket
1 - 16 Pin DIP Socket
1 - 8 pin Dip Socket
2 - Vibrating Pager Motors
1 - TSOP4838 or similar 38KHz IR Receiver Module
2 - General Purpose 100V Signal Diodes
3 - L1154 Watch Batteries
1 - 4.7mfd Capacitor
2 - 82ohm 1/4 Watt Resistors
1 - 33K ohm 1/4 Watt Resistor

wire, thin metal shielding, super glue

Hi, <br> <br>Can I usw this PIC? <br> <br>http://www.reichelt.de/index.html?;ACTION=7;LA=3;OPEN=0;INDEX=0;FILENAME=A300%252FPIC12F510_16F506.pdf;SID=13UESpX38AAAIAADudKt09e25ea6cf68cd14cc34723fd698cb9cc
oh, and another question: <br> <br>can i programm a pic with an ISP from AVRs?
can i use a picaxe 08m2
Yes you can use the 08m2. It is backwards compatible with this 08m project and program.
i just didnt understand this step how can u program a remote<br>
You will need to get a universal remote control and program it to workthe with a Sony television since tbeyou picaxe uses sony codes. Instructions on how to do this will come with whatever remote you decide to use.<br>
instead of a universal remote if i get a sony tv remote then will it work?<br>
It should work if you van find one.
i have one i have a sony Tv SO I CAN USE IT
very nice. i have only one question: VIDEO?
theres a video at the bottom above the comments skip to 1:30
Nice ! <br><br>I like how you painted it ! &hellip;&nbsp;
must use 1n4148 diodes, right??
Still intimidated by the technology, but I LOVE your writing! Thanks!
how do you actually program a pic axe?? i know this instuctable said use a protoboard, but i just dont understand how.... can anyone make an instuctable on programming?
now if someone wrote a code for for a PC with infrared hookup to put out pre-written commands and options
very cool.
wow, this is awesome&nbsp;:D<br /> <br /> im thinking of making one with an attiny45 (since i dont have picaxe's or a programmer for them)<br /> just got to figure out a way to make a piece of code that does the same as yours in C++ for an attiny45 :D<br />
&nbsp;What Do I Do<br /> <br /> MAIN: let dirs= %00010111<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; ^<br /> <br /> Error: Unknown symbol - dirs<br />
&nbsp;Never mind I was picaxe 08 instaid of picaxe 08m
5 stars! well done!
can you imagine a water skimmer?<br />
is there anyway to make the picture bigger? the schematic file is a .tmp and I can't open it.
Just under the schematic is a little block that has a file icon and Soc Bot Schematic.emf inside it. That is a meta file. If you click on that box a much larger, scalable, and easy to read schematic will appear.
I have linux and it looks like does not know how to open the file... any chance that you put a jpg or png or bmp or gif or ascii schematic?<br /><br />thanks<br />
gah, I'm on a mac, maybe thats why I'm struggling with this. My computer does not know how to open the file, do I have to convert it to .EMF?
I know nothing about a mac. Just private message me your email address and I will send you the file. I think it is jpg or bmp. Will a mac open either of those.
both, thank you very much.
This is so cool... one of the first steps (other than those lame snap circuits) towards making electronics as easy as legos. :D
Whoa, awesome man! I thought those red things were led's and was expecting 1 motor and a on/off switch. I was impressed even then at first glance but holy crap: Picaxe brain & infrared controller!!!
i would have programmed for the directional buttons on the remote. would have been easie to navigate...unless you're using a remote where the arrow buttons are the volume/channel buttons?
Did you enter the pocket sized contest? if you did im sad you didnt win.... If you didnt you should have, you would have won for sure
where did you get that song in the video?it's awesome!!!
just a thought, but do you think you could put the motors themselves on two separate bristles so you have a more advanced bristle bot? that way you can control each bristle separatly, giving it the direction left or right all the while prepelling it forward.
very ingenious friends
how can I program the picaxe? Can the bas file be read by a non-picaxe microcontroller?
WOW that looks so cool! Mabye in a couple years after i learn about electronics ill build it! Great instructable! P.S. i like cotton candy!
would it be possible to program it for use with other remotes? for example, i would like to use a very small expresscard remote from my hp laptop instead of a big bulky one... would this be possible? thanks rak
No - that would not be possible. The PICAXE on reads Sony codes and I doubt seriously that your HP remote would use any of those codes. However, you can use another PICAXE as the transmitter. PICAXEs can send and receive SONY codes. You could make it really small too. All you would need is a battery pack, an IR LED, a couple of push buttons and a small case to hold it all. With watch batteries you could make the whole thing a lot less that one inch square.
interesting... i will probably do that... and maybe i can fit the whole thing into a cf card case with some of those tiny smd tact push switches
Hey, geeklord. I followed you here, lols. A PICAXE is to a PIC what an Arduino is to an AVR. A PICAXE is a PIC microcontroller with a proprietary interpreter and function library already burned onto it. What this means: You load your BASIC-style code into it's data memory, and the boot-strap program that's already been burned onto the chip takes these instructions and activates prewritten routines in the PIC's native language. This makes a PICAXE capable of doing highly complex functions with simple commands.
are PICs and PICAXEs the same?
Could someone (such as myself) who has no real digital tech experience build one of these without running into too many failures? Oh, and by the way here is a funny picture for all of the other easily entertained people out there looking for some comic relief.
Yeah,......I know nothing about technology except maybe a few starters from my science teacher. Who can help out?????
now make it float and you got a float-o-bot
Cool vibrobot biochemtronics! Liked it so much I decided to built one. Its all bread boarded right now. Just trying to get a hold of the 16pin wire wrap socket. For anyone attempting to build this I just want to let you know that I had some problems getting my universal remote to work. I have a OneForAll URC-6690. Started to question my receiver at first but thought I would try another universal. I got one at Wally World for less then $10. Its a RCA RCR312W. Used the first Sony code listed. Walla , started buzzing away. I found most all the parts at Radio Shack as well. Here are the Catalog #'s for anyone. May find the rest of the resistors at the store but they were not listed on the website and I had all the resistors already. I will post some pictures when I am all done. Thanks for this cool build Biochemtronics. Patrick Catalog #: 276-640 38kHz Infrared (IR) Receiver Module Catalog #: 272-1024 4.7 uF Electrolytic Capacitor Catalog #: 276-1995 8-Pin Retention Contact Catalog #: 273-107 3VDC Micro-Vibration Motor Catalog #: 271-1311 100 ohm 1/4W 5% Carbon Film Resistor pk/5
Here are pictures of my completed SOCBOT.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://img371.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf3781iz4.jpg">http://img371.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf3781iz4.jpg</a><br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://img221.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf3783xp0.jpg">http://img221.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf3783xp0.jpg</a><br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf3786cm5.jpg">http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf3786cm5.jpg</a><br/>
My SOCBOt has a strong right motor that affected my forward motion. To compensate I changed the forward program to pulse the left motor about 200ms then the right motor 200ms alternating between the two. This gave my SOCBOT a walking/scooting affect.<br/><br/>Heres the altered FORWARD routine&gt;<br/>AHEAD: let pins= %0000011 ' Outputs 0,1 HIGH 2,4 LOW<br/> pause 200<br/> let pins= %00010100 ' Outputs 2,4 HIGH 0,2 LOW<br/> pause 200<br/> goto BEGIN<br/> <br/>
Great job! I am impressed with your forward motion compensation method. Thanks for sharing your work.
HI Biochemtronics ! In the parts you mention 2 diodes. where they go placed the diodes? in the diagram they do not appear. ppsailor

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