HOW TO – Make a RoboSheep

HOW TO – Make a RoboSheep

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2 Robots has a fun how-to on making an anamatronic sheep using a Basic Stamp, Robot Two writes – “Last week, I ordered a Basic Stamp from Parallax — a most excellent beginner’s microcontroller. A microcontroller is a very cool thing — it’s like an entire computer on a single chip. You can plug each pin in to a servo or button or any other input or output, and get it to interact with its environment. The only drawback is that the microcontroller is slow, and only has a little RAM. The one I got has only 8 bytes! Of course, it only costs $15… I definitely recommend this board for anyone getting started in robotics or micro controllers. Anyway, I built my robot into a stuffed sheep my wife had. I used Parallax’s PIR sensors for the eyes. These are infrared motion sensors. I figured that if it senses motion only in the right one, it should turn the head right. If it senses motion only in the left one, it should turn left.” [via] – Link.


  • Arduino, the Basic Stamp killer? – Link.
  • Basic Stamp – Link.
  • Basicstamp work setup – Link.
  • HOW TO – Build a PC troubleshooter with the Basic Stamp – Link.

From the pages of MAKE:

  • Lots and lots of Basic stamp projects and kits – Link.

2 thoughts on “HOW TO – Make a RoboSheep

  1. Kris32 says:

    That’s a great idea… I did an animatronic koala with the Basic Stamp. It was supposed to play a guessing game, but I ran out of memory for the program. One arm moved, the head nodded, and he could sit up straight or slouch over (he was on a platform). After pulling out the stuffing, I used pieces of thin, stiff plastic and glued a rough skeleton of the stuff onto the inside of the fabric so he kept his shape (still looked fluffy). One servo controlled his head and arm independently (using something called a Geneva Mechanism… modified a bit). His back never really closed up…ran out of space! It sure was fun though… Basic Stamp is a great way to try to invent an animatronic, even if you don’t know electronics very well…

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