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This miniSADbot was created for the Kickstarter backers who supported the original SADbot exhibit that Ben Leduc-Mills and I created.  Thank you!  Here you will learn what to do with the kit of parts we sent you.  If you didn't back the project but still want to make one, a full parts list is included.  There's not much to it so it's an easy first solar project. 

Step 1: Gather materials

Shopping List:
  • small DC toy motor like the CAT# DCM-368 from AllElectronics.com shown here
  • small solar cell like the CAT# SPL-61 from AllElectronics.com shown here
  • some wire - ideally red and black
  • a 4.5" x 4.5" piece of cardboard
  • 2 markers or pens
You'll also need a soldering iron and some solder.
<p>How can we make it draw something else?? </p>
I think this could be greatly improved by adding a simple description of what people are looking at, rather than telling people to &quot;look at the video&quot; or &quot;go read the website.&quot;
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can u please tell me whats that thing? <br>
See the link to the video below to see it in action. The miniSADbot is a miniature Seasonally Affected Drawing robot - based off of the installation Ben Leduc-Mills and I did at Eyebeam which is also a project from my book. It only draws when sunlight hits the solar cell. When it does, the motor will spin, sending miniSADbot into a spinning frenzy and causing it to draw with its two marker legs.
use a battery and make it draw an infinite circle!!! (well, if the battery would never die)
Just a quick question: in a sentence, what is a miniSADbot?
Post a video! Nice instructable.
Thanks! There's a video in the flickr set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dustynrobots/4813802089/

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