Super-cheap Robot Floor Cleaner




While playing around with an Easter gift, my 6-year-old son came up with a fantastic idea; have his Hexbug that was scurrying around the floor and under furniture do some cleaning! One Hexbug had wedged itself under the TV cabinet and came out totally covered in dust bunnies (yes, we're normal, and not super clean neat freaks). We sliced up a dry Swiffer Sweeper pad and taped it to the 'bug. Success! Not hard, but what a great way to make your floors clean with only a little bit of effort (play).

Step 1: Hex Bug Carries It's Weight

Start with a standard Hexbug.

Step 2: Add Bidirectional Bonding Strip

Mr. Lightbeer is calling for double sided tape. . . We use 3M's Scotch!

Step 3: Kitbash Your Swiffer

Okay, so this is probably the most complex step. . . Cut the Swiffer into strips. We talked about the possibility of attaching more than one Hexbug to the full sheet, but I wasn't ready to concede the house to a wild pack of robots just yet. It could work, but it would be for houses and jobs larger than ours.

Step 4: And I'll Form the Head!

Activate interlock! Dynotherms connected! Infracells up! Mega thrusters are go! LET'S GO VOLTRON FORCE!

Uh. Stick the Swiffer strip onto the tape on top of the Hexbug. Just be sure to get the coarse (sweeping) side towards the floor.

Step 5: Let 'er Rip!

I trust you can find the power switch?

Enjoy, and thanks for checking out our first Instructable.



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    7 Discussions


    3 years ago

    That boy is soooo headed to the robot Olympics in a couple of years. And how did you raise a 6 year old boy who even gets the concept of housework? My hat's off to you both!


    3 years ago

    Finally! An affordable "roomba"! Love it! ;)


    3 years ago

    Brilliant! And cute!


    3 years ago

    That's clever! The sound on the video is kinda creepy.