The wandering Arduinobot

You almost have to love this Arduino based robot just because of the wheels and third leg support. Look closely, do you recognize them? Yep, they’re Capsela parts! That’s a blast from the past and we wonder why we don’t see the strange building toys of yore used in more hacks?

But we digress, this little bugger guy uses continuous rotation servos for locomotion. Perched atop the body is a third servo which scans an IR range finder back and forth to look out for obstacles in its path. The body itself is a Black and Decker rechargeable battery pack called Pocket Power which includes a USB port for a regulated 5V supply. One thing’s for sure, this little guy is fantastic at avoiding pizza and beer… you’ll just have to see for yourself after the break.

23 thoughts on “The wandering Arduinobot

  1. ‘Someone viewed with affection’ and ‘A rough synonym for whippersnapper’ are listed, so probably good enough to let it go! Let’s not get too ‘PC’ unless it is of the computer kind being hacked…

  2. Capsela! I had a bunch as a kid, and I asked my mom where they were just a couple months ago. She gave them away! At least I can hope some kid somewhere is learning something. I still got my old erector set!

  3. I still have some capsela in a box somewhere. i used some of it to make a crude ball mill among other things.
    and that black and decker power pack has been a life saver as well.
    awesome :D

  4. Man, I haven’t seen Capsela parts in ages. A family friend scored two boxes for me at a garage sale when I was a kid, what a great $10. Capsela gave me an introduction to those gearing systems — what a great toy. Wish I still had it for my kids to play with too.

  5. oh wow, haven’t seen capsela for a long time! i used to have the voice control module… high class!!

    any project that uses old capsela parts is automatically top notch!

  6. Anyone who gets bent out of shape over the use of bugger in that fashion is a class A douchetard. Seriously, even the British verb form isn’t really offensive at all.

  7. Another posting for Capsela. I remember poring over the catalogue thing, looking at all the parts I didn’t have but wish I did…

  8. I also purchased a couple of those Black & Decker power things and I think we can all agree that the outer case is the most useful parts of those utter pieces of crap.

    sigh

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