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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 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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