Let's Make Robots!

And now for something completely different : MontyPythonSillyWalkBot

Moves weirdly, works at the Ministry of silly walks, tries to dance but is as bad as me

Like many all of you, i like robots. Big news. But i especially like robots that walk, that crawl, that jump, that fly... like OddBot's Caterpillar, or Fritsl's Skiwalker for example...

So i wanted to make something which moves in an unusual way, and here it is... I couldn't figure any name until i saw it moving, then it was like a revelation : it instantly made think about my favorite Monty Python sequence : the Ministry of Silly Walks. For the crazy ignorant people those who don't know about, i included the video, enjoy... :D

As it would have been pretty difficult to put any sensors on it, it's remote controlled, i got the IR receiver in a broken tv-decoder-thing, and i use a remote control from an old Sony camera (and thanks to robologist and CTC in that thread)


The case is a modem-case that i took apart for the components, and as always in my robots, there's a lot of blue tape ^^ The IR receiver is the small black thing next to the led.

A view from the other side with the remote control. As it comes from a camera there are less buttons than in a tv remote, and some buttons are decoded the same way by the picaxe so i ended up with a dozen of different commands, which was enough for this robot. But now that i know it works, i just have to buy an universal remote for the next robots...


I know the wheels should spin at different speeds, the one on the floor should be slower, so i looked at that pwmout thing, but looks like the picaxe 18x can only handle one (and i need two), i managed to do something with loops and pause, but actually it was pretty worthless as the robot moves on a carpet, so i decided to let them spin at the same speed. And it works like a charm...

And as usual, now that it's finished, that i played with it, scared the cat, took pictures and filmed it, i'm gonna unbuild it and make another one :)



I just found a new trick with Youtube (i should say Yooouuutuuube), looks funny with the video so enjoy! :D

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vety cool !!!
What a great bot. Creativity to the max!

It must be his russian-dancer-style




And again, thanks for all the motivating comments! :D


ANother comment:

I tell you, this design has something:

Browsing all robots on the site, seeing the image of this one makes me do a little puff of air out of my nose in a semi-laughing smile.. Just the tought of the way it moves, while browsing for something completely else :D

Totally 5 stars!!! 

This is the kind of robot that inspires me a lot and makes me want to build more original bots  ;)

Congrats! ;)

Wow, thanks for all those nice comments! :D

 "Could one make it go 50/50 and spin on the discs, so it would "stand up"? "

Well, i already thought about this, especially since  Ajster talked about the discbot contest, it's possible but i need to make few modifications, like inverse the places of the batteries and the modem case so that i'll lower the center of gravity... I also would have to attach more firmly the cds to the wheels, 'cause now they're just attached by a piece of double sided tape.

Well, i can say that with all those comments guys, you just saved his life!




(at least for now)

Maybe you should call him 007 :D
I absolutely love this! I really want one! If they where for sale, I'd buy one. I want to program it! Could one make it go 50/50 and spin on the discs, so it would "stand up"?
Great bot, inspired design and very entertaining. Care to build a robot for the ministry of stacking things on top of other things?

Great job :) That's a wonderful idea for a robot. I love a robot that makes you just really like it :)