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John Park builds some lively and inexpensive miniature robots. Starting with a simple vibrabot made from a scrub brush, John assembles a solar junkbot and a slightly more complex beetlebot, which has paper clip ‘feelers’ attached to switches that allow it to respond to its environment. All it takes are a few common electronic components and some everyday objects and you can make an entertaining robot all your own.

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  1. dennisj says:

    I’ve been looking everywhere for perforated metal like that. I need it more as a design/cosmetic element. I haven’t really had success finding something with a fine mesh. This is exactly what I’m looking for:

    http://i10.ebayimg.com/01/i/000/d3/7c/d180_1_sbl.JPG

    Anyone have an idea where I can find this kind of material?

    Thanks,

    Dennis

  2. crystal stone says:

    good job guys, i loved the video, informative!

  3. Jose.Torres says:

    I am a long time roboticist and I am very pleased by the way this episode was presented. Two thumbs up!

  4. John Park says:

    Dennis, I had some left over from an audio installation, but check smallparts.com
    Crystal and Jose, thanks so much, I’m glad you liked the episode!

  5. Garrett says:

    No mention of Evil Mad Scientist Labs when discussing the bristlebot? Was there a mention in the credits on the version of this segment that was broadcast on TV? Not trying to stir up anything here, but it seems like a pretty big oversight considering the events leading up to this weekend.

  6. Phillip Torrone says:

    @Garrett – EMSL is on our advisory board, they’re in the pages of MAKE and on our site – you’ll see them at maker faire in may too, we are always working with them. you can even buy their kits from MAKE.

    we did not make a tv show called “bristlebots” or a book/toy and later claim we invented the bots or the term. showing examples of little bots on a tv segment is a lot different than what scholastic and klutz attempted to do. which by the way is resolved now, they are giving EMSL credit.

  7. Garrett says:

    That’s cool…is there someplace on your site I can see the list of people on your advisory board?

  8. Phillip Torrone says:

    @Garrett – it’s on the 8th page or so of every volume of MAKE (print) – and in our digital edition…

    http://www.make-digital.com/make/vol16/?pg=10&pm=2&u1=friend