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LMR Review - Solarbotics BeetleBot

Bounces off walls

Thanks to the LMR society I was asked to do a review on one of Solarbotics robots. It's a little critter called The BeetleBot. So hold tight, here it comes. Cool!

The BeetleBot started as Jerome Demers high-school science fair project. He built an extremely simple and effective circuit using just a pair of cleverly wired switches, two batteries and two motors.

The Beetle zooms around the room, cleverly bouncing off all obstacles using its antenna like bumper switches. Jerome's goal behind this project was to demonstrate how you can achieve complex robot behavior with minimal design and simple parts.

Now check it out and enjoy!

Ah, I love the smell of packages in the morning. Especially when they contain robot parts. So let's see what's inside.

Wow, lot's of nice documentation and booklets, some beetle stickers and a bag with all the components. Very complete.

Nothing needed except 4 aaa batteries. It even has a Solarbotics screwdriver in the box which my son is putting through the test. Sweet.

A nice and shiny beetle base. All holes are predrilled and you just screw on the components. Very suitable for young robot builders since you don't need to solder anything. All fits tight and nice except for 1 screw on each one of the bumper switches. No worries, the other one holds it toghether tightly.

Every step is well documented and pictured. Nothing can go wrong really. The only part where young builders might want to have some help is tapping the holes in the on/off switch. It requires a bit of strenght but once you have the screw in there: easy life.

Motors are mounted with some doublesidedstickytape. The rest is simply screwed to the base. All the wiring is already attached to the motors and the powerswitch.

All that's left is hooking up the wiring and flatten it a bit so the top can be put on. All wires are pre-crimped so you can just plug things in.

And there you go, a lovely BeetleBot and a smiling little dude!

Now how about that! A little wallbouncing Beetle which the kids already love (and me to). Very easy and solid build, I can only say, everyone should have one! It's great for teaching the kids and pretty funny by appearance.

They come in various colors and you have some mean looking ones to! Now if you want one, check: http://www.solarbotics.com/products/k_jb/

A movie will follow, to dark right now for my camera.

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Brilliant review DutchBot, you have just set the standard :D Looking forward to the video!

Now, if anyone else would like to get a free sample of something, and do a review in return, please sign up as a reply to this very comment, and we will see what we can do :)

(And DutchBot, you are of course self-entitled as a top-reviewer as well ;)

Let's see where this takes us :)

free stuff. Sign me up.

Check, you are signed up :)

And as you did post a lot of cool stuff already, you are likely to get into the leauge.

This comment was more to any one else thinking "Oh, I never made / posted anything, but send me lots of free samples, please", that is unlikely to happen ;)

I would like to sing up too... I am now more on software to help developing softwares to be able to used by robotics to make their works be easier... :) I have a robot posted too... more comes soon but now I'm not working and out of money... I can even help making CAD projects in NX7 and Inventor

I hope this takes us to LME. Let's make exotic cars. 2 samples will do ;)

I could write up some reviews :-)

By the way, nice review dutchbot, you made me want to buy one, It's a good Christmas or birthday present, and fast!

I don't have much to work to do intill school starts up again. I am deffinetally interested in reveiwing easier subjects such as the Beetle Bot. Hope you consider me as a choice.

Oh by the way wonderfull reveiw Dutchbot. Keep up the Good Work 8D

Hello DutchBot,

Why did you not put the legs? The 6 pieces of 8 gauge black wire that is bend into leg shape.

Thanks for the review!




Hello Jerome, nice to meet you! I think the legs are a bit creepy but I'll add them later for the review...... Custom look :)

Wow, the fella is fast! :D Would someone please give it a distance sensor?

Thanks for the videos as well, DutchBot :) This review is the reference from now, we will get more :)