Low Budget Droid
Several years ago I was interested in creating a very low budget astromech droid, reminiscent of some of the droids from Star Wars . The genesis for the idea was brought about when considering some STEM challenges for my oldest son's Cub Scout pack. My sons decided that they wanted to create a droid similar to one from the Clone Wars Cartoon that they named Q5. My boys also decided to name themselves the Special Robot Builders (they were 7 and 4 at the time). We decided that we were going to make the body from plastic containers and scrap wood we had around the house. We used a plastic pretzel container for the body and a whipped cream container for the head. We then made 2 main legs and a center leg from the wood. Bought an inexpensive caster for the center leg and added 2 continuous servos to the main legs. For added effect we mounted the whipped cream container on a servo. Inside of the pretzel container we added an Arduino, LEDs, a piezoelectric speaker and a few other bits. Once all of the wires were connected and the Arduino was properly programmed this little droid was controlled by a smart phone. It was a fun little project and if memory serves, it cost around $40 in 2016.
Here is a video of it in action:
Also, I have an Instructable for the entire process if anyone is interested: https://www.instructables.com/id/Q5-a-Star-Wars-Themed-Astromech-Driod/
ljliberto, this is a wonderful project. you built a fascinating toy and involved your children in a project that they will probably remember forever, all for about 40 dollars. And it's a recycled droid as well!
"Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window." — Steve Wozniak
Thanks Bill. That was definitely my goal. I hope to get them thinking about one like DB1 this winter.
Very nice bot! I love the reuse of home items. It's a quality build.
nice project indeed