Let's Make Robots!

Ant - v2 - Micro Tracked Robot

Chases light, picks up tinfoil balls and carries them around.

This was a robot that used a MC68HC11 cpu, all circuit boards were hand etched, the drive motor gearboxes are made from PCB material. The robot was able to sense objects using its IR sensors, chase or hide from light/dark sources and ocassionaly pickup tinfoil balls and move the about....

Circuit designs, platform and orginal inspiration all from the MIT AI Robotics lab in the mid/late 90's.

 Robot was destroyed in a fire, Ant V3 is the next incarnation of this platform.




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Very impressive! Was it made from scratch or was it a kit?



“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.... -Marianne Williamson

thanks! it "was" impressive.


It was fully hand made, the circuit board was made with and old program called TraxMaker and then laser printed onto heat transfer paper, ironed onto a bare PCB and acid etched. The CPU board has fairly good detail, the "top" I/O board was abit rushed. Gearboxes are made in a similar fashion, from PCB boards and then drilled and gears/idlers and motors installed.

now that is pretty damn cool. I like the micro tracked bots, so what did you use for the tracks btw? It almost looks like some lego chain stuff from a long time ago.
You picked off the lego gears huh? Yes those are the "mid" size gears from Lego and are Lego tracks. I like the tracked bots as well, I sort of seem to keep building them ;)
Very nice work!  Bummer it was lost.
was the ant the source of the fire?    :)

the most awsome thing ever