Let's Make Robots!

What to do with this components?

Ok, this is the result of my shopping tour today in the big electronic market with hundreds of booths.

This was the second time for me to go there. The first time i did not buy a single resistor....even thought it's hart to buy anything in this quantity. This market is more whole seller maret than retail. However, with a bit luck and enough time I was able to get all I wanted and even more ;-) Just imagine, this is for guys like me and you something like a 5 story Barbie shop for 10 years old girls ;-)

Now, what to do with this? I need to get more into the details again, since I am out of the electronic since years, so I wanted to build something reproducable and what I can use for any other project. Starting with simple transistor circuits like charger circuits for my green energy project (will introduce this later this year), LED cube (at lest 4x4x4) to learn about mulitplexing and of course some Chirstmas gifts for friends and family (time it tight).

These are my ideas, what would you do with those parts?

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Since I like Christmas a lot here is an idea .

You can make a big led cube that will be powered  by those lipos you have there.

The lipos will be charged by a solar charger you will make .

You can also design a wide variety of christmas shapes and each day of the last week before christmas  the led cube will

show one of the shapes you have designed . On the christmas eve the led cube will go crazy by lighting all the shapes one by one

and it will show the phrase "Its Christmas !!!" (one letter at a time) .You will also need a microcontroller and a time keeping chip.

This is what I thought...

Swarm robots!

Yeah, but for this i need to have a lot more time. I am thinking about swarm bots since a while but besides bulding them, the strength of swarms is the programming.

I know, that's why I never went ahead and built them. I have an idea, a design, I have parts for 4 bots, but I stopped because of several reasons, the most important being absence of time to devote to this proect. Perhaps one day...

That's the spirit to say, "perhaps one day". I am sure you will as I will do it too. 

I will start with very basic programming like "i saw light, c'mon guys, follow me". This should be doable and easy to implement in each kind of MC. As for the hardware a simple sumo or Start Here Bot would suffice.

Here is my inspiration for this proect: http://seriousrobotics.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/new-project-swarm-robots/

Here is a link to my prototype I never finished wire wrapping: http://seriousrobotics.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/first-drone-prototype/

Cool, got the link, thanks.


 way back about 4 -6 years ago Reading University & Brighton university (both UK based)  published a whole load of Swarm related data and some was the coding/. The Reading unibots were cute as the base was packing foam cut with a hot wire and the circuits etc pushed into the foam .

Might be worth a quick GOOGLE for some short cuts.:-}


Thanks for the hint. I will check this out when it's time ;-) Basically I got an idea about swarm programming, but to type the code is another thing ;-)


Edit: The first search did not bring it...will see if i can find more tonight.

If you can get some small solar cells that put out 3-4V, you can make some Christmas ornaments that charge up during the day and turn on at night.

The circuit I used is from http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/solar. It's the 'Detecting Darkness' circuit, and it uses a PNP transistor like the 2N3906. You bought the 2N3606, which is an NPN, so maybe you can get a circuit like this one working. (I never did.)

Good luck!