Ez-robot And Garage Sales


jstarne1, Thanks for the great tip and URL lead. BTW, although, I have only been aware of EZ-Robots for about a month, I have been following your amazing Omnibot 2000 build with great interest.


Last weekend's garage sale haul. I should be able to use this for something cool.

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It is about 8 inches tall and cost $4, but I had to build it (took a whole 15 minutes). Let's get the screw driver.

And, I picked up a free wireless telephone answering system. The circuits are nearly impossible to reuse, but I did manage to salvage these parts:

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I have some ideas.


GarBot 1 Welcomes new EZ Builder Release

I decided to salvage the IR parts form the Spykee Micro Cell robot, so that I would be able add some IR experimenting circuits to GarBot 1 (GARage Sale RoBOT), as I am now calling this robot. This is what I came up with:

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I also decided to use some of the plastic parts to add design elements to this experimental concoction. And lastly, I thought I would try a little servo motor action with that crazy arm thing, all salvaged from the Spykee Micro Cell robot.

The IR sensor is located in that head-like chrome colored piece up front. There is a blinking LED in the EZ-Robot sign, which the arms are waving. And, if you listen carefully (or turn the volume way up), you can hear tones as the arm waves back and forth.

Here is a video:

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The blue poster putty, used to hang wall art, wasn't quite holding the mini servo with the waving arms. It would give up and everything tended to fall off overnight. Luckily, I try to keep all the plastic pieces whenever I dismantle a garage sale find. That little green piece now holds the servo to the chassis. This picture looks at the back of the waving arms.
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I can now move on to other GarBot 1 add-ons. These two pieces must have a place on any respectable robot:

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The one on the left is a digital thermometer with an H92B4 Photoelectric switch, that measured wind speed in its former life. The one on the right came from a kid's game called "100 Hoops". Those giant numbers (2 inches high) are begging to become a counter.


Here is a video of the semi-completed state of ole GarBot 1. Be sure to crank up the volume, this robot does not talk too loudly.

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That's a great idea. My next project is a Frankenstein type bot. Mostly stuff I found on ebay or was given to me.

What type of body are you planning on doing? Car style?