Build a BristleBot to clean up your apartment


If you are like me, you hate to sweep and are too poor to buy a “Roomba”. This BristleBot project by 11th grade programming wiz, Erin Kennedy, is a pretty simple way of getting some basic cleaning done and watching the bot scuttle around on the kitchen floor is pretty fun too.

Bristlebot @ RobotGrrl

16 thoughts on “Build a BristleBot to clean up your apartment

  1. Harish says:

    Is it me or is this thing about the size of a watch battery?

  2. PattiS says:

    Go Erin! Awesome. :)

  3. BigD145 says:

    It’s going to take a lot of batteries to clean that floor. You’ll still have to sweep up the dust.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Simply awesome. I’m not sure if it can clean my kitchen floor, but my cats will surely love it :)

  5. Juan Garcia says:

    I wonder if bristle-bots like this could be enhanced with micro-controlled oscillation patterns (possibly needing additional motors as well) to facilitate RF/IR/bluetooth/fill-in-the-blank-communication remote steering and speed control. Or does a notion like that defeat the simple elegance of a vibro-bot?

  6. Del says:

    Isn’t that a Dougall? From Neil A. Downie’s “Vacuum Bazookas, etc” book? Well done though, and looks like it really moves!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I like the groovy soundtrack that it makes with only the tiny battery and a motor…

  8. Paul says:

    Wow, this is so cool.

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