Hey, im wondering would anybody be able to make a tutorial on making a flame throwing robot with mindstorm.. as in with a can of lynx attached that the robot can press and spray onto a flame that is also on the robot? and i would also like the robot to be able to move.. would anybody be able to do this for me?

Topic by Corp95 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


I want to build a robot that will cost a max of 300 bucks. Any ideas?

Topic by sci4me 9 years ago

FIRST Robotics

I am wondering whether anyone else is involved First Robotics. If you are, go ahead and talk about your various thoughts, ideas, etc. If your aren't, then I encourage you to come to one of our competitions to see what First is all about. Check out to learn more and look at the event calender for FRC to check for any and all upcoming events. Also, I'm going to try adding a group for FIRST but if someone already has please notify me.

Topic by Mr. Holmes 8 years ago

The future for robotics

This is a forum in which people talk about their opinions on robots in the future!

Topic by simplebotics 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Starting robotics?

For a while, I have been wanting to get started with robotics.  My interest in this is very deep, and as you can see from my about me section, my ultimate goal in life is to create a sentient robot. I know this isn't an easy field, and I was wondering if anybody had any tips for getting started.  Also, is there a link to a C compiler (preferably free) that you know of? Thank you very much for any help.

Question by StarscreamClone 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

First robotics

Hi im lego man from team 60 and i set up this form topic for people to see who from instructables is on a First robotics team. you can also post your questions here too. See the group:first robotics

Topic by Lego man 11 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Wireless robotics ?

Could i be able to operate robotics through a wireless network, that is on differient networks? i plan on using modems to connect the robot to network and then dish satilights to connect modems to my computer

Question by knuckel 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Ketchup robot

It's a robot, squirting ketchup, accompanied by somebody with a recorder. That is all I know.

Topic by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Are the finalists announced in the robot contest include the judges prizes ? 

Question by e=mc^2 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Name the Robot?

I think we should give the "Instructables Robot" a proper name. Who's with me?

Topic by threecheersfornick 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

robot tutorials

A good site for robotics tutorials and help

Topic by societyofrobots 11 years ago

Robots with no microcontrolors?

Does anyone have any ideas how to make a robot from simple ics not a fancy microcontrolor? (ROBOT= any thing with no human interaction requierd)

Topic by Laserman595 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Robot Dance

It's little known but robots were first invented by timid engineers who didn't want to dance at parties and also didn't want to seem socially inept. This is a video of a new breed of social robots created for companionship and dancing. This is also is why you should build this robot suit. LED robot suit

Topic by lamedust 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

robotic arm

I have added more updates this is a major update to the 5/6 axis robotic arm instructable. come check it out.

Topic by sparten11 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Robot Bulldozer

This is a robotic bulldozer we integrated with the PCS BRAIN. Thought to share. Richard

Topic by ftking_83702 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

The Robot Movie

The Robot Movie A timeless coming of age tale about murder, romance, danger, mystery, war, intrigue, accents, choreography, and dramatic shots by the water. Starring myself (Tetranitrate) and The Robot. Coming soon to an Instructable near you.

Topic by Tetranitrate 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

robot help

Well help me im going to enter in the rescue oneclick me

Topic by DELETED_Gavabc123 10 years ago

VEX robotics

Dose any body have any vex: tips, robots, hacks, mods, ECT.?

Topic by i make shooting things 12 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Suggest me some robotics projects in my college technical fest. a simple line follower will not WORK. regards.

Question by sameer627 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

VEX robotics

Any body got a kit, have any tips, mods, robots, hacks, ECT

Topic by i make shooting things 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago

learning robot

Hey guys. friend and i are working on a project. we are trying to build a robot that will basically be able to follow a path. if there are obstacles in front it will go around them and then continue to the finishing point. no we also want it to learn about its surrounding. so if we bring the robot back to its starting point it will be able to get to the finish with out bumping into objects.we are planing to adopt this robot here!/?ALLSTEPSwhat do u guys think is it possible and if so how.the robot will learn by creating a grid in its memory using multi-dimensional arrays.

Topic by DELETED_kclv1988 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Robot in Phun

As you may possibly recall,the Instructables Robot was made in SketchUp. I was inspired by that and today,a few mins before,I made the Robot in Phun,the 2D physics sandbox. It is low in detail but that can only be changed by your improvement! *hand comes out of monitor,pointing to viewer*

Topic by Derin 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Robot Bartender

If you ask this bartender for something that's not an Asahi beer, it might malfunction. The Asahi Beer Robot is a robotic bartender that can uncap bottles and pour beer, as well as talk. While the claim that it's the best robot ever might be a little extreme, it seems to be working as a very effective marketing tool. It took a team of engineers over half of a year to build and tune its skills--which makes it far too young to be at a bar.Check out the video or the link at engadget.Asahi should probably enter this into the Robot Contest.

Topic by joshf 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

robot create

Where would one find this machine?

Topic by riteaidrob 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

build a robot Answered

Good day I want to build a robot , one with some personality but I don't have access to arduino but  access to other electronic parts  , acan you help me , and I'm a first timer

Question by franzakeem 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Robotic Planting

Peter Sands shows off his latest arduino-based creation over at adafruit industries. The giant robot creates a garden, plants seeds, waters them and lovingly tends to it. Check out the sweet video!via: Hack-A-Day

Topic by scoochmaroo 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Demented Robot

I'm sorry to whoever took it, but when I saw this picture...I just laughed. The robot looks a wee bit demented in this photo: he's mad he isn't getting royalties?

Topic by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

The Canadian Robot

I don't know about anybody else, but the redrawn Robot on the robot contest banner quite appeals to me. For some reason, it feels like he should have a Canadian accent... I'm not suggesting replacing *the* Robot, but it would be nice to see the Canadian version appearing on merchandise, say as a small logo on a shirt, or on a new badge. I would certainly have made this project easier to make... EDIT: I roughed up some versions of my own, with a combination of Inkscape and an oooold copy of Photoshop.

Topic by Kiteman 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Robotic Girlfriend

Japanese marketers are targeting "lonely adult men" with their newest development: a robotic girlfriend. Reminds me of this, a product from a few years back.[ Link] via Neatorama

Topic by joshf 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Robotic Snakes on a...

Pretty soon the TSA will have a new threat to deal with...Robotic Snakes On A Plane! They can climb up walls, stairs, go snooping for people, get through a chainlinked fence, they're pretty much unstoppable. But most impressively is the snake from Hirose Labs in Japan, it's pictured below, and that mofo can actually swim.It's beautiful, and amazing to watch this biologically inspired robot move, check it out: Clearly these robots are going to be very agile and useful, some researcher used his to walk the ring down the isle at his wedding... creepy? Yes. Awesome.... also yes. Let's see how many uses of robotic snakes you can come up with! Go:

Topic by lamedust 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Robot battery

Hi everybody I build my robot actually I have a 12v 12ah lead acid battery ( I would like to change it but I don t if I choose lipo or lifepo4 or li-ion? My principal goal is loose weight and size, so I think about lipo but I am not shure

Question by LaurentP30 4 months ago

Robotics Aspirant

Hello Great Mind. I am interested in Robotics but I don't know where to start. I think I will be needing an instructor, too. I really need your help and advice.

Topic by LoloN1 5 months ago  |  last reply 5 months ago

Robot Cake

Saturday, my parents and friends threw me a surprise birthday party! And if that wasn't cool enough, my mom had made the cake look like Robot. Chocolate and vanilla cake, licorice, Rolos, cinnamon rolls, Snickers bars, and Sugar Babies. Yum!(Its black and white because she based it off of my memopad)

Topic by rogers236 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Roboball robot

I want to build a roboball bot out of a NXT set and $30. I have no clue how to start. I can build a base. But tracking and other things are getting in my way. Any ideas?

Topic by ry25920 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

bird robot

I am building a bird robot and would like to know who builds an audio producing device so that when the bird opens its mouth noise is produced,the wider the mouth opens the louder the noise. thank you Ron

Topic by ronalddevermann 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Robot Competitions?

I'm thinking about building a battlebot (ant/beetle weight)but I'm not sure if there are any competitions near me. I live near the San Francisco Bay area, if you know any competitions please tell me!!!  The date right now is June 16, 2012

Topic by Xthinker 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I would like to know how i can build a sensor...that detects moving objects.,which DO NOT make any CONTACT at all with the sensor......PLEASE HELP!!!!!!! and FAST!!

Topic by spaceboy_ram 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Kids Robotics

I want to work with my daughter to build a fun robot but it seems like there are some many choices out there for platforms, controllers, software etc. I think I'm leaning towards a platform from DFrobot.;=37_111&product;_id=97#.VaL4sZNVhBc And an Arduino based controller like this,;=35_104&product;_id=1176#.VaL45pNVhBc To control and make it move I'm thinking that Ardublock could be a good choice. I'm curious if this community has any thoughts on my choices... or alternative ideas. Thanks, Phil

Topic by filthyPhil 3 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Robotic Biomimicry

Reading up a bit, I came across this, and thought I would like to try do something like that, but a spider. It's a "robo roach", a RObotic Autonomous Crawling Hexapod, or ROACH. Bio mimicry is starting to become a leading factor in robots for use in the field. Biomimicry itself is quite amazing the way it uses what works in nature to, well, work! Although there's something interesting about this cockroach, by the way it's made. It uses a simple bi-axial movement principal to keep things simple and cheap. They have a download link for the episode, just go to and zoom forward to 12:25 and watch it. I'd recommend it, it's quite interesting. Would any one have any information about this? I'd love to try make a robot that's based on an animal, preferably small, but there aren't many details any where. I'd like to hear your ideas about this biomimicry, what would you make and what would you use it for?

Topic by Kryptonite 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Chasing Robots

Hey guys i need help with something. i have two obstacle avoiding robots. but i want them to chase and evade each other. like predator prey situations. so i have been trying to connect them with radio signals. does anyone have any ideas how i can do that? if not radio waves il listen to any ideas in IR instead. ur help would be appreciated. (yes i know im not using proper english lol)

Topic by faroos7 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Brains for a robot?

It's time I turn yet again to the forums for advice, this time on recommended robot brains! [Serious] I have a project for a class requiring design, construction and programming of something. More than half of my fellow students are doing clocks of some sort, be they binary or nixie tube. A friend of mine is doing a holonomic robot, and my plan was to do a walking robot, based on ideas like the WowWee robosaurus, using a simple tail and head to balance and few motors to run it in comparison to any conventional biped. As far as servos, I was hoping to use something like the HerculeX or other serially connected servo, so I can just daisy chain the few I would need and simplify the wiring, as well as get experience with serially addressing things. Planned sensors are 2-4 IR rangefinders, 2-4 wire whiskers and one tilt switch to turn it off if it tips over. Sensors I'd love to add would be something like a super basic camera for simple machine vision if I ever learn to code that well, but I doubt that will be the case; and the LIDAR thing from the Neato XV-11 which is again unlikely. Things I was looking at for super basic use included: Arduino, HC11 MC (backplane type), BASIC Stamp, PIC. For a little more complexity I was seriously considering things like the Freescale Tower ARM, Gumstix or other. I'd love to have the serial servos, sensor assemblies and the camera and have integration with Robot operating system through an onboard computer, but I have no idea what to use to setup ROS or what would be best, or if my plan of parts to use is even good enough. In other words, what ideas should I throw out as impossible or what would I need for say, ROS use? Ideally i want to do a semi autonomous robot, so that i don't have to manually direct it everywhere, but I'd still be keeping an eye on it when it's running so it doesn't break something. If I understand ROS correctly I can use an external computer to control it, but I can also let it be autonomous? Coding math and logic in the machine language for a Z80 computer doesn't really prepare for robot building, although the class is basically a teach programming basics and throw you into the deep end. [/serious] Thank you in advance for your help!

Topic by Nyanman 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

robot help

Hello guys i was trying to make a beetle bot following the instructions from this site everything went fine but i had 2 broblems that arent totaly solved yet... the wheels to the motor i have no idea how to make em if i buy em they come all different size and the tip of the motor that spins is like verry little grip i hope u understand... and other thing is everything was fine but at the end when my bot suppose to run it didnt it was getting on and off every now and then when i put em on the floor it wont go i was thinking it was heavy but even if it was heavy i am wondering y it was getting on and off every now and then.... can you plz answer both i need to make it its cool

Topic by sydazak 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Robot troubles.

I am trying to build a mini-sumo edgebot, as featured in Junkbots, Bugbots and Bots on Wheels. Below is a quick scan of the schematic I'm following. It is supposed to drive forwards until the edge sensor closes, at which point it will reverse and turn before carrying on.Trouble is, it doesn't work.The symptoms:I have breadboarded the circuit, and when I connect the battery, it runs. But when I make the connection to simulate the edge sensor, both motors kick into reverse, but only for a fraction of a second, and then never again - further touches of the edge sensor elicit no reaction at all.When I disconnect the battery, and trip the sensor, the LEDs light and the relays click, showing that the capacitor is still charged.The only things in the breadboard not to "spec" are the motors - I haven't bought my intended motors yet, so I am trialling with a pair of un-geared 3V motors (these are the motors I intend to buy: item number 5855781458 )How can I fix it so that it will react to the edge more than once in a combat?

Topic by Kiteman 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

The Fact Robot

FACT ME! -Hedgehogs can climb trees -The Victorians wore gloves that were so tight it could take as long as 20 minutes to put on one glove. -Mexico City boasts the world's largest taxi fleet with over sixty thousand taxis running every day. -Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months a pair of rats could have over a million descendants -All acts of UK parliament are written on goatskin. -Carrots used to be purple -The word “Taxi” is the only word that is spoken the same and means the same, no matter what language is being spoken -If you drove a car at the average motorway speed straight up you would reach space in under an hour. -The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day. -Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated -The average pillow is 6 years old and 10% of it’s weight is made up of dead skin, mites and mite dung. -The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines -New York City was briefly the U.S. capital from 1789 to 1790. -The sound made by the toadfish when mating underwater is so loud that it can be heard by humans on the shore. -The average man contains enough phosphorous to make 2,200 matches -Because heat expands the metal, the Eiffel Tower always leans away from the sun -It is estimated that at any one time, 0.7% of the world's population is drunk -In 1985, a pregnant woman was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball -The United States and Canada are the world's largest producers of paper and paper products. -A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon -Hippos are upset, their sweat turns red, that sweat also works as a natural sun tan lotion -Annually 17 tons of gold is used to make wedding rings in the United States. -The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.” There was never a recorded Wendy before. -Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food. -The first toilet in a row of toilets in a public bathroom is the least likely to be used, therefore it is the cleanest. -American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class. -38% of Americans eat breakfast everyday. -Adult human bones account for 14% of the body's total weight. -The average speed of a penguin in the water being about 15 miles per hour. -People get taller when they are in space.

Topic by Lowney 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

power for my robot

My robot has too many electronic parts and motors that even a 9V battery is not enough if any one has a good power source please tell me

Question by robinsonruiz 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Robotics newb!!! Help!

Please help! I want to learn about robotics - I know NOTHING about it. Does anyone have any good books to recommend? Something that is explained very clearly and simply! Thank you so much!!  ps. Just to give you an idea of how much I don't know - I hardly know what a servo is.  Thank you so much! patti

Question by mckywer 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

i wanna simple model of robot? Answered

I am styding electronics and commnication ennginnering.i and my friends have decided to do a project works as eailer.we have interest to do.but we have no basic ideas to how to do it .i need a basic ideas about how to a simple robot.

Question by isacdinesh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

how shall i make an remote robot?

Question by Komal.K.Agrawal 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

i need ideas for a robot hand?

Must be controlled by a.i(learning a.i like a chat program) my problems:how can i make the a.i(programming preferably in basic :) how can i make the robot hand and how can i link them together i know serial port might work im not asking you to do my homework(only THE ideas i need muhaha) is there any previus project that i can look at? and if i were to make the hand real life sized how big motors will i need

Question by julius.orn 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

hey guys just wondering wat is a cool robotics project.

I am a first timer so not to hard. i have a basic idea on this kind of stuff bout need help thanks?

Question by ninjake 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago