Let's Make Robots!

Tulip manipulator

Pick small things up and put them down

I had this idea after I studied a tulip on my roof garden. In the morning the blossom opened, in the evening the blossom closed. If I forgot to water it, it let its head hang down. During the day the flower always tried to move to the brightest sunlight. The blossom is like a gripper, I thought, and the stem like a thin robot arm (maybe I should stop taking these drugs...).

However, next day I started to construct the robot prototype. The stem is made from a strong spring, a former toy RC TX antenna. The spring is actuated by a small cable winch. The cable winch is driven by a small geared motor and controlled by a magnetic encoder and a micro switch (position calibration at start up).

The gripper is made from 2mm ABS sheet and two small plastic gears and actuated by a micro servo.

The turn table is driven by a common unipolar stepper motor and has a micro switch on one of its two end positions for position calibration at start up too.

The next idea would be to construct a spring whose spring force could be electrical manipulated on different positions, so if you force it down, it only bent on according manipulated positions.



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thinking through flowers...   nice very nice

Very creative, I love your idea. I wish I could build whatever comes to mind 

That reminds me one of these flower in the game. Nice thought!!