Remote-controlled robot toy from air freshener parts

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[jcopro] is pretty fond of Glade automatic air fresheners. Using a pair of them, he built a simple remote-controlled toy which he shared with us over the weekend. You may remember that he built a remote shutter release system for his camera using these air fresheners, which we featured a few weeks ago.

Instead of throwing away the shell of the air fresheners after gutting them for motors and gears, he decided to use the excess plastic as a robot chassis. Using a pair of pencils for legs, he constructed his robot, “Limpy.” He removed a pair of motors and control board from an old toy, mounting it to his creation with a few strips of electrical tape.

He admits that he’s reluctant to even call the toy a robot, but he had fun building it, and suggests that it would make a great beginner project. We agree – it would make a great project for kids, especially if you are looking to reuse an old remote-controlled toy they no longer play with.

Comments

  1. Nomad says:

    What’s it with you guys and those air fresheners? :D

  2. Gilliam says:

    The American and world economies stink so bad you need to have an automatic air freshener handy.

  3. Sean says:

    Once he makes some more, and eventually starts fighting them, Gladeiators will be the next big thing. Nothing says the smell of battle like winter pine.

  4. wosser says:

    Perhaps wheels (a fairly modern invention by all accounts) instead of pencils might make this a little more expandable.

    Nice hack.

  5. JeremyC says:

    @Mike Nathan – thanks for listing my hack! Funny, I saw this one – http://hackaday.com/2011/01/21/fertilizing-a-planted-aquarium-using-air-freshener-hardware/ – on hackaday a while ago and saw a ton of uses for these devices. So thanks HAD for the ideas!

    @All – Btw, I’m ashamed I know this, but the automatic version seem to now come with a coupon for a couple bucks off of the sense-and-spray version if anyone finds that useful.

    @Sean – Maybe there could be a robot fighting league using only parts from Glade.

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