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White Strips

I know I should be doing other things, but I saw this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_4POEtLd_4

.. I made one (sorry, no video) and it was just as easy and fun as on the video :)

So I wondered.. how would it be like if the angle of the bristles could be altered, then you could steer! 

So I made some tests yesterday, and this turns out to be quite fun.

I do not know if I will get this any farther, but I got inspired, and so perhaps you will be :) I have no real video, but now and then I took some snaps with my cel phone. I just threw them into the video editing, and here you go.

The idea is that there are 2 frames; One with the bristles hanging loose, and one beneath that can be twisted and turned and pulled forward / backwards, all to steer the angles and directions of the bristles.

I have learned that the direction and placement of the motor also means a lot to which direction it is going. And some other stuff :)

I am considering to make each "bristle-pin/hair" have little down-back-up-forward-down-back..-motions by turning the pin they are hanging on - as opposed to just shaking the whole bot.

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I am quite convinced that I've seen that someone has made a bristlebot with two vibrators rotating in oposite directions. Using this to make it turn slightly left/right. They couldn't make it spin or reverse though, because of the angle on the bristles. However I can't find i now. Sorry 

 

/ vzz-clck-"Maneuver"

Check this video about 2 minutes in :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpHGE4wAfKQ

.. or this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCJ5jzsXzYQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnCW4EoDqW0

- still nobody altering the angle of the brushes..