A while back, I made a little instructable on how to make a simple Solar Cockroach vibrobot out of a 1.5V solar cell and a little vibrating motor. People seemed to enjoy making them and I enjoyed giving them away as odd gifts to my friends instead of buying them real birthday gifts.
All was good in the land... until someone in China decided to stop making the little 1.5V solar cells AND the very efficient little motors which were the backbone of our vibrobot. Sadness fell on many a basement workshop. Little motors all over the world stopped vibrating.
Well, after a bit of searching, replacements were found! A better, and slightly more cockroach sized, solar cell was discovered and tested. A more powerful and flexible motor was bought. Now all of those Solar Cockroach lovers out there can get back to making what they love: lead solder covered children's toys.
In this instructable, I'll be showing you how to put together a Solar Cockroach. As stated above, it's a small vibrobot that uses a solar cell to power a little vibrating motor. It's easy to construct and makes a great gift. How easy is it? I had my neighbor's 13 year old son put one together, and he had never soldered before.
Time: 15-30 minutes