If you are like me, you hate to sweep and are too poor to buy a “Roomba”. This BristleBot project by 11th grade programming wiz, Erin Kennedy, is a pretty simple way of getting some basic cleaning done and watching the bot scuttle around on the kitchen floor is pretty fun too.

Bristlebot @ RobotGrrl


  • Harish

    Is it me or is this thing about the size of a watch battery?

  • PattiS

    Go Erin! Awesome. :)

  • BigD145

    It’s going to take a lot of batteries to clean that floor. You’ll still have to sweep up the dust.

  • Anonymous

    Simply awesome. I’m not sure if it can clean my kitchen floor, but my cats will surely love it :)

  • Juan Garcia

    I wonder if bristle-bots like this could be enhanced with micro-controlled oscillation patterns (possibly needing additional motors as well) to facilitate RF/IR/bluetooth/fill-in-the-blank-communication remote steering and speed control. Or does a notion like that defeat the simple elegance of a vibro-bot?

  • Del

    Isn’t that a Dougall? From Neil A. Downie’s “Vacuum Bazookas, etc” book? Well done though, and looks like it really moves!

  • Anonymous

    I like the groovy soundtrack that it makes with only the tiny battery and a motor…

  • Paul

    Wow, this is so cool.