Small Robot Made From Hacked Toys

Introduction: Small Robot Made From Hacked Toys

About: I'm a UM engineering student. I like to build robots, machines, and electrical systems based on whatever parts I can scrap out of old or broken things.

This video demonstrates my first successful robot. It consists of a Basic Stamp microcontroller, a snap circuits car, and the head of a toy robot. A servo motor rotates the head, which contains infrared sensors to detect obstacles. The motors are controlled by relays, and their power supply is completely separate from the rest of the system. The robot is surprisingly good at detecting obstacles, but as you can see in the video, it tends to get stuck in corners.

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    It seems to default to the right when it detects an obstacle, so making it turn 90 to the right instead of left when it backs up should eliminate that issue.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    That's a good idea, thanks! I'll try changing the code to fix that.