Routerbots seem to be a bit of a growing trend in hobby robotics. These are bots built using the WRT54G routers which have open source firmware. The bot above was built by Andrey Mikhalchuk. He created a custom version of OpenWRT Linux and modified the Linksys router hardware so it could control the two hacked (for continuous rotation) servo motors. I love the lo-tek approach of using the router as the robot body and the CDs for wheels.

Inexpensive powerful router based robot [via Hack a Day]


Here’s another routerbot built on top of an R/C car.

Wifi Robot [via Hack a Day]

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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