Pingbot: adorable and fully documented

After building many functional but somewhat unfinished looking bots, [Tomdf] really wanted to produce something that felt “complete”.  Pingbot is the result and here’s how [Tomdf] describes it:

Pingbot is a very small (38mm diameter), usb rechargeable, programmable, musical, remote control robot designed for maximum fun and danceability.

Though I wasn’t inclined to dance I did find myself smiling watching the video. Pingbot does look finished and has quite a bit of personality too. The brains inside the Pingbot are a Picaxe 08m2. With a 110mAh Li-Po battery, Pingbot can dance happily for a quite a while too. When juice is running low, just plug into your USB port for a recharge. You can find all the info and schematics on the instructible as well as the files to print your own Pingbot shell.


  1. DJCalarco says:

    HolyCrap! Its a Fix-It from “Batteries Not Included”!

    Oh dang, now Im showing my age.

  2. zuul says:

    Heh yeah *batteries not included… Haven’t watched that in like 17 years

    …maybe *batteries weren’t included because you couldn’t get a lipo then lol

  3. einballimwasser says:

    Okay, I will spend my evening doing this. My solution as not having a 3D printer: Using epoxy resin to form the sphere around a light bulb, cutting the light bulb in half and gluing the PCB into it. Iam sure, I’ll find my broken IPod somewhere .. there’s the battery .. The PCB will be drawn with a fineliner, all other components are stray in my room .. I GONNA BUILD THIS AWESOMENESS tonight :)

  4. soopergooman says:

    Can I buy one from the creator?

  5. Galane says:

    Next thing, create the “Marvelous Toy” from the Peter, Paul and Mary song.

  6. Stefan says:

    Boogie-Robots, yeah. (see ‘Despicable Me’)

  7. einballimwasser says:

    Hardcore failure …. broke the lightbulb and cutted my hands :(

  8. einballimwasser says:

    Hardcore failure …. broke the lightbulb and cutted my hands :(

  9. pRtkL xLr8r says:

    Call me crazy but…couldn’t you just Dremel a ping-pong ball in half – especially since this is where the name of the bot gets it’s name?

  10. tomdf says:

    Whoa! Thanks for posting this! I’m ecstatic, it’s like a badge of honor.

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