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ljliberto
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2019-06-21 6:45 pm  

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/

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2019-06-21 7:30 pm  

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!

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Bill

 

 

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ljliberto
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2019-06-21 7:40 pm  

Thanks Bill.  That was definitely my goal.  I hope to get them thinking about one like DB1 this winter.


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2019-06-21 8:10 pm  

Very nice bot! I love the reuse of home items. It's a quality build.


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Nawar Alseelawi
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2019-06-22 4:41 pm  

nice project indeed

Nawar Alseelawi


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