Inspired by how much free time fans of Instructables have churning out wacky gadgets I decided to join the foray.
Vibroclip is created in the same vein as in Evil Mad Scientist Bristlebot and other variants shown in Instructables.
Instead of a toothbrush head, paper clips serves as the body. The triangular shaped body is stable and does not fall or flip over easily as in vibrobots made from toothbrush heads.
I chose a particular body shape for Vibroclip but paper clips can be easily shaped into many other forms. Please experiment.
Vibroclip is fun, easy and cheap to make. Cost of all the parts can be less then a dollar if bought in bulk. Great for kids party or school project.
Another usefulness for the indelible mighty paper clip other then clipping paper, making cheap earrings or cloth hangers for socks.
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Step 1: Vibroclip Parts
To create Vibroclip you will need following :
Three small paper clips
One twist tie wire (rubber band or duct tape)
Two small sticky foam tape (about half inch or so)
One 3V battery
One pager motor with leads attached (in this case a mini pager motor 3V 4mm x 8mm)
Step 2: Creating Vibroclip Body
Unfold each side of paper clip into an L-shape. Position the three shorter legs together into a star or Y-shape.
Warp the twist tie wire around the three paper clip short legs as taut as possible.
You can also use rubber band or duct tape instead of twist tie wire to secure the legs together.
The three legged object should be firm and not loose. Adjust the legs so the body is stable and does not tip over during the vibration of the pager motor.
You can design the body any way you want it up to your imagination. Another picture in this step shows an alternate design.
Step 3: Pager Motor and Battery
Add pager motor and battery as follows :
1. Place sticky form on top of body.
2. Place one lead from page motor on top of sticky foam tape.
3. Place battery on top of pager motor lead. Press battery down firmly so that it sticks to foam tape.
4. Place second lead from pager motor on top of 3V battery. Pager motor should vibrate at this point.
5. Place another foam tape on top of pager lead and battery. Press down to secure.
Movement and behavior of Vibroclip can be adjusted by extending the legs outwards, re-positioning the pager motor or adjusting the legs orientation.
After this project you may not look at a paper clip the same way again.
***CAUTION***: Kids under eight should be adult supervised due to small parts like pager motor and battery.
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