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Bill Gurstelle had a broom-based Bristlebot at Maker Faire Austin, but I never saw it in action. This one was built by Gregg Horton. He has an Instructable that shows you how he did it. Seems like you could easily add some sort of bumpers or other obstacle avoidance rigging so that you wouldn’t need to do as much footwork. I love how it looks sort of like an over-eager Scottie dog at some points in the videos.

Giant BristleBot

Our Bristlebot coverage on MAKE

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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.