This is WeeBee the Comfort Bot.
WeeBee is lonely and longs for a connection. The problem is though, that WeeBee doesn't like it when people get too close, he becomes very sad and starts to shake non-violently when this happens. But all he wants is to make new friends and to show the world that he doesn't need to be alone!
Here is a Video to show you exactley what WeeBee is and how he reacts
We, Kees en Gijs, will provide you with the necessary information to recreate WeeBee, or atleast revel in the glory of its creation!
Step 1: WeeBee - the Arduino Part
Written by Gijs Bakker,
Please click the image which says Arduino Instructables to view the PDF.
It talks about all the individual Arduino parts and how to connect them. Remember that everything is made in Fritzing and you should extend the cords according to the length needed to fit WeeBee (we used 1 male to female cable for every line except the sensor).
Step 2: WeeBee - the Lego Part
Made by Kees Versluis,
Lego’s and Placement
As you saw in the video, WeeBee is made up out of Lego’s. In this part of the Instructable I will explain how we made the shell for WeeBee and show you the essentials of attaching the Arduino parts to the lego casing.
I made everything in Lego Digital Designer, a freeware tool developed by Lego, to easily show you what parts the box is made up of. This shows you exactly how to build the casing we made for WeeBee, it differs slighty from ours in the sence that the one shown in the example is 18 wide and ours was 16, this is due to some limitations the Lego Builder imposed and my own lack of knowledge of its workings. Although the example is accurate enough to work.
Follow the link below to see the awesome step by step guide made possible by the Lego Builder!
As a final note:
The Arduino Servo's are attached to a piece of 2mm cardboard which we cut a rectangular hole in to fit the micro servo, the rest of the board is pierced by the 2 Lego Technic poles and pinched together by the plugs. This provides enough stability to counteract the servo's movement and keep it in place. Although you have to push it back into place after a few wobbles to get maximum cuteness. The 2 (red) Led's are fitted inside the lego technic brick that is attached to the lid and the matrix fits nice and flush into the hole on the front and is kept in place by the indented brick, you might need to wobble it a bit to get it nice and snug.
All this is based on the assumption that if you are reading this, you are capable enough to come up with your own solutions to these minor problems.
Step 3: WeeBee - the Conclusion
As a final word I would like to add that this is meant as a fun project for beginners.
We made this for an awesome school project that was thought up by the HKU (go check it out at HKU.nl), that was meant to introduce us to the Arduino. We had lots of fun making this and hope you have as much fun as we did!
If you have any further questions don"t hesitate to comment or contact us through this page, you can also reach us at either:
Thank you so much for taking your time to view our Instructable and good luck on all your little (and Big) Arduino endeavors!