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I love the extent to which people are… er… thinking outside the bot in pursuing ideas beyond the standard layered cake approach to CDbots. In the first vid above, YouTube member eschulma shows a folding three-CD design using one full-size CD, two mini-CDs, and two attachment points, to create a folding CD assembly. Fascinated to see where this might be headed. In the second vid, Dave McAnulty shows how he tested the torque on a bunch of e-wasted CD-ROM drives. He plans to use the opening and closing of the drive’s tray to power the bot. Can’t wait to see how that turns out, too.

Dave has set up a Robot Build Project blog.

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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.


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