Tiny transforming beer can robot

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The next time you reach for a cold one, you might want to take a look at the can to ensure that your beer won’t suddenly sprout legs and start skittering across the table.

You might remember [Ron Tajima] from some of his previous creations, including this Roomba-based baby cradle and the PacMan Roomba mod. This time around, he has created a cool little transforming robot that fits inside a beer can.

The robot’s brains are stored just underneath the top of the beer can on a custom-built board. On one side of this board, you will find an mbed controller which is used to manage all of the robot’s functions, and on the other side, four batteries provide all of the device’s power. The robot’s three legs are controlled by six servos, allowing for movement in several different planes. The beer-bot’s movements are controlled with a Wiimote, so we’re assuming he has crammed a Bluetooth module somewhere in there as well.

[Ron] mentions that it moves a bit slowly when standing on end, but we think the robot is pretty awesome as is, and we can’t wait to see what improvements the next version might bring.

Stick around to see a video demonstration of the robot in action.

[Thanks Sascha]

22 thoughts on “Tiny transforming beer can robot

  1. @Hirudinea
    Um, how so? I would think it would have the opposite effect considering some beer company is probably gonna buy it and us it in a commercial.

  2. That is so impressive.
    That boy is lucky to be in that house. Just imagine the magic he’s going to create.

  3. wow i this thing is crazy my dad had one of these when i was a child it was a coke can that turned into a robot, it was all plastic like but i remeber how amazed i was the first time i saw it

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