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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

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.