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It may look like some futuristic Christmas tree ornament, but the miniball is part of the BEAM robot family of “rollers.” A miniball is a motorized hamster ball that, sadly, you don’t see in the wild too often. Solarbotics used to sell a miniball kit. This Instructable, by MAKE contributor and Solarbotics intern, Jérôme Demers, shows you how to make your own.


Solar Powered Miniball Wannabe

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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.


  • Shadyman

    http://xkcd.com/413/

    XKCD put an EEE into a rollerball in one of their comics. This article definitely made me think about it.

    • Aeiluindae

      Definitely my first thought when I saw this. If only it was programmed in python.