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Last year when we did the Make: Robot Build, where readers were challenged to make a CoasterBot using dead DVD media (aka “coasters”) as the main bot building material, we were amazed at the ingenuity and resourcefulness of many of the entries. Folks didn’t just use regular CD/DVD media, they used mini-CDs, the base and cover of DVD spindles, they cut, heated, and reformed DVDs, used DVDs as wheels — all sorts of fun and novel applications. Here, bot-builder and Flickr member “Solomons3″ used DVDs as the drive wheels, and mini-CDs as a single idler wheel. He also used CD jewel boxes as the main body components and used the hinging on the top jewel box to create an openable access door.

We’ve moved much of the content from our CoasterBot build into Make: Projects and have also fleshed out the Robotics section. Check it out!

Solomon3 CoasterBot photo set

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From the Pages of MAKE

MAKE 27MAKE Volume 27, Robots!
The robots have returned! MAKE Volume 27 features a special package with robotics projects for every age and skill level. They play music; they outwit your pets; they learn from their mistakes! In addition, we’ll show you how to build a special aquarium to keep jellyfish, create pre-Edison incandescent lighting, spy via the internet, and make a go-anywhere digital message board! All this and much, much more, in MAKE Volume 27.

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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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