Strandbot - a solar & arduino powered R/C motorized Strandbeest

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The Strandbot is a DIY upgrade for the Strandbeest originally designed by Theo Jansen.  Strandbeests are amazing mechanical creatures that are able to move on their own using just a little bit of wind power.  Unfortunately my tiny apartment is short on wind, so I decided to upgrade a miniature Strandbeest using an Arduino and some motors.  The brain is powered by a solar-charged Li-Po battery so the Strandbot will live on as long as it can find some sunlight.  The motors are remote controlled using an Apple Remote, or with a tiny bit of coding you can make it work with just about any IR remote transmitting at 38 kHz.

The Strandbot can be built in about 30 minutes and requires the following ingredients:

1 Strandbeest, split in half (
1 Strandbot body (
2 Drive shaft couplers (
1 Tamiya Dual Motor Gear Box (
1 Arduino Uno R3 (
1 GROVE Base Shield v1.3 (
1 GROVE LiPo Rider Pro (
1 GROVE i2c Motor Driver (
1 GROVE Infrared Receiver (
2 GROVE cables (5 cm) (
1 Solar Panel (0.5 W measuring 55x70 cm) (
1 LiPo Battery Pack (3 Ahr at 3.7V) (
1 Battery (9 V)
1 Battery terminal with +/- leads
3 M3 x 6 mm nylon spacers
3 M3 x 6 mm nylon machine screws
4 M2.6 x 10 mm machine screws with nuts
4 M2 x 10 mm machine screws with washers and nuts
2 M2 x 5 mm machine screws
6 pieces of aluminum wire (100 mm length x 2 mm diameter)
1 USB cable (A to B, 15 cm length)
1 Apple remote
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This is really cool. Always loved the strandbeest design and this makes it more fun.
garriaga (author)  fungus amungus1 year ago
Thanks! The strandbeest is such a great platform. Working on another project now to replace the Arduino brain with a 'real' brain in the form of a cultured neural network (cue mad scientist laugh).
Orngrimm1 year ago
I adore the Strandbeests and this 'ible just nails it!
Voted! :)
garriaga (author)  Orngrimm1 year ago
Thanks for the vote!
Or the money for the supplies
Although I can't make it : (
garriaga (author)  BABLOON14241 year ago
Of course you can make it! Links to all the materials are provided and it is designed to be a pretty straightforward build. Let me know if you have any questions or doubts to why you wouldn't be able to do it. Have fun & good luck!
I can't make becauseI don't have supplies