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doom-razor

I just got a Combat Creatures Attacknid Doom Razor robot. It’s your basic everyday killer spider bot, controlled by a 2.4GHz handheld remote, capable of shooting foam rubber projectiles at “enemies.”  It retails for $79.99.  It requires 4 AA batteries for the spider, and 2 AAs for the remote. Since I have sworn to defend mankind against the eventual rise of the killer bots, I determined to convert my killer spiderbot to more peaceful uses.  Removing the snap-off weapons platform

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from the bot leaves you with a payload bay of approximately 4.5 by 2.5 inches;

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large enough for an Arduino,

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a Raspberry Pi,

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a BeagleBone Black,

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or one of the smaller smartphones.

My Galaxy Pocket phone fit perfectly on the payload bay, so I affixed it to the spider with some earthquake putty. I then fired up Ustream on the phone, and turned the killer spider bot into a search/exploration bot, complete with live video feed.

Imagine what you can do with a better camera, or a sensor platform? At least there’s one robot that won’t be joining the uprising against humanity.

Patrick Di Justo

Patrick is an editor at MAKE. He is the author of the books Environmental Monitoring with Arduino, Atmospheric Monitoring with Arduino, Environmental Sensor Networks, and The Science of Battlestar Galactica. He has sworn to defend mankind against the eventual rise of the killer bots.


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  1. […] Ho appena ricevuto una Creatures combattimento Attacknid robot Doom Razor. Da quando ho giurato di difendere l’umanità contro l’eventuale aumento dei bot assassino, ho deciso di convertire il mio assassino spiderbot a usi più pacifici. […]

  2. JE Carter II says:

    Why not give it a weapon for deactivating other robots – a little directional EMP canon or something simple like integrating a personal defense taser. Disarming one robot doesn’t make the armed robots harmless, just makes the disarmed robot helpless. ;-{)

  3. B says:

    “At least there’s one robot that won’t be joining the uprising against humanity.”

    Oh great, you set them up with reconnaissance capability. Let’s hope that isn’t the last tick on their world domination checklist.

  4. Cool idea! What other awesome hacks can people come up with?

  5. David Mc says:

    I plan on adding an EZ-B robot board and camera to mine so it will be able to follow me and do voice commands.