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
from the bot leaves you with a payload bay of approximately 4.5 by 2.5 inches;
large enough for an Arduino,
a Raspberry Pi,
a BeagleBone Black,
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.
- You Won’t Want To Meet This 3D Printed Spiderbot Alone At Night (33rdsquare.com)
- Raspberry pi controlled robotic arm (guysworld606.wordpress.com)
- Putting the International Spotlight on Killer Robots (techpresident.com)