For Wednesday’s Open House, we made little Bristle-Bots. A Bristle-Bot is a little robot consisting of a vibrating motor–similar to one found in a pager or cell phone–taped to a tooth brush head, that runs around a table like a little rodent or insect. They’re really easy to make, a ton of fun to play with, and a great time to extend and hack.
The basic, smallest design:
A larger motor needed two brush heads:
The bigger motors tended to drain the batteries really quickly:
This was probably the best one, the builder actually soldered parts of it together. It now lives on in the “Trophy Case”
Next time, we’ll be making Christmas decorations based on the MSP430 microcontroller.