Let's Make Robots!

Welcome to The Toy Challenge

Now you can both make your first robot, AND win a price!

You are also very welcome to join in, if this is not your first robot.

THE CHALLENGE:

  • Find any old (or new & cheap) toy.
  • Rip out it´s guts! (just the electronics - but leave motors, lights, sensors etc it might have)
  • Insert your brain! (well - not your own, a microcontroller)
  • Add sensors!
  • Code, test and have fun!
  • Film the result at some point, and enter it on letsmakerobots.com!

- It is an extremely fun beginners-challenge to just take a cheap RC-car / boat / tractor / plane? .. etc, and make it autonomous.

All you need could be:

If you go for the Picaxe, this board might have your interest as it can take a little more power


THE RULES:

Toy must show ability to perform task autonomous. That is - to put it simple; if it was an RC-car, it should be a car that drives around by itself!

There are bonus and street-credit for extras, fun and coolness! And also provide us pictures if you are a nice person!

If we ever get 3 such robots in here on letsmakerobots.com, they will get extra focus for one month, and the one voted highest for by all visitors will win.

If we never get enough admissions, or if you do not win, "braining" an old toy is still one of the best ways to get started!! (and fun too)


THE WINNERS PRIZE:

One (cheap) RC-car or other toy of editors choice, send to you by mail. (so you can give it to your brother if he was not happy with you for spoiling he´s toy)

 

I am hoping to see your entry!

/ Fritsl

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What if it is not an electronic one? 

Dizzle's picture

i made this a while ago, and posted this waaaaay to late.

http://letsmakerobots.com/node/22560

Jad-Berro's picture
Kawal's picture

i recently hacked one..

The_Black_Cat's picture

I don't know when the challenge ends but I've got a 9 year old NIKKO BARRACUDA racing boat ready for hacking

 

fritsl's picture

Well, a challenge is never over, let us see what you can make out of it :)

voodoobot's picture

This already sounds like my current project....now if I can just get the time to finish it.

 

robologist's picture

Here's Rebounder, a speedy little robot made from a Tyco Super Rebound RC car

  http://letsmakerobots.com/node/2155 

 Ok, so it's only got one sensor there, but it has had a compass on it once, too.

kmdbleach's picture

help i have a remote comtrol car but its really old and i dont think it would work for this challenged can u please help me

btw it is call 710 scale radio control rhino

plzz help

 

jka's picture
Start by taking it apart and send a description of how it is made, including pictures. It's much easier to help, if we know what we are going to help you with