At Hackaday, we cover some pretty high-tech builds. Sometimes, though, you see something simple, but it still makes you feel happy to see it. That’s pretty much the case with [ProtoG’s] High Voltage EPROM Man.
The parts probably came out of a junk box, but the good news is that they don’t have to work, and you can freely substitute anything you have. According to [ProtoG], the “robot” head is a bulb socket with a crystal for the visor. The arms are fuses with fuse clips for the hands. The knees are adjustable caps, and the feet are TO-220 transistors.
Of course, there’s an EPROM for the body (what else would EPROM man have as a body?). If the build were just a little robot figurine, we wouldn’t be impressed. But the inclusion of a high voltage generator so that EPROM man can command an electrical arc seals the deal. Now we want one on every desk at Hackaday headquarters.
Our build might include an IR remote so you could operate it without the rubber gloves. Of course, then his arms would have to stay spaced to draw the arc, unlike the original. Maybe add a little microcontroller to prevent the current from turning on too long. We know EPROM Man isn’t really a robot, and he isn’t as practical as, say, a suitcase robot. Then again, at least EPROM Man controls his sparking and arcing, unlike some cheap robot kits that do it by accident.