Carlos found this little safe in the trash. It’s got stuff locked away inside. He wants in, but doesn’t want to destroy the safe. So he created a Pololu Micro Serial Servo Controller-powered, servo-controlled, robot safe-cracker, house in an old PC power supply.

The results? So far: safe: 1, bot-cracker: 0. Turns out, the servo motor and gearing was not precise enough to turn the dial reliably. Carlos is going to try a stepper motor next. He decided to post the project failure so that others would have the benefit of his mistakes.

Gentle Safe Cracker [via @bre‘s Twitter channel]

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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