DuneBot 1.2 - an EasyBot Slideshow

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Introduction: DuneBot 1.2 - an EasyBot Slideshow

About: I never spend a nanosecond without making stuff! (Mostly MIDI Music right now!) Also, my birthday is February 21st, if anyone would like to give me anything (physical or digital), I'd be most obliged. PM me...

 Here is a little robot that, despite it's dilapidated appearance, can go the distance no sweat! The DUNEBOT 1.2 is my first "All-Terrain Robot", or ATR, and boy, was it fun making this thing! Sure, it took me about a week to strip parts for it, find and assemble wheels and a gearbox, and strap it together, but in the end, it was totally worth it. I used a lot of components from an old steering wheel-simulation driving toy, including the gearbox, and I used a couple of old gears from the same toy for front wheels. I stuck the gear-wheels onto a small length of copper wire to make the axle, which I then proceeded to mount on the top-turned-underside of the gearbox. A hand fan from the dollar store provided the two-AA battery case, which I affixed to the underside-turned-top of the gearbox. A few wires running from the motor to the batteries (Plus a Hook-and-Loop On/Off system) and it's finished!

 FEATURES:

1 Two AA power source

2 Compact dimensions (2" by 3")

3 Full ATR-equipped Auto-Drive function

4 Speedy for size

5 Wiggle Eyes!

CHANGE LOG:

1.0 - Same thing, without the Wiggle Eyes and less control.

1.1 - Added Wiggle Eyes.

1.2 - Re-Mounted the front axle - much better control afterward.

 Truly, this bot can go anywhere dry - it can climb 40-degree hills (It IS a little top-heavy), can go over rough and slick surfaces, and does it fast, compared to it's size. At $1.00 total cost, I'd say it was a bargain to remember!
 FUTURE CONCEPTS - DuneBot 2.0! At three times the size, this Super-Rover will be able to go where no robot would ever think of going sanely. I plan to have a tank-tread setup under a custom-molded water-resistant casing, hopefully radio control, as well. Maybe with somewhere where it can hold things, such as rock samples, fragile electronics (Shock-Absorbers needed for that), or even your favorite drink! Let me know about your ideas - I might just give you credit for it when I make it!
 Cheers!
  Win Guy

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    2 Discussions

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    FueledbyRamen

    This looks very interesting but no offense the picture quality makes it very hard to see exactly what you have going on here. I would love to see some more about this bot.

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    Win Guy
    Win Guy

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I know - I'm sorry, but at the time I didn't have an actual camera, so I took it with my (very poor quality) video camera. I can post better pics, if desired! Thanks, Win Guy