Papillon Solar-AirBot (Captured Edition).
Papillon Solar-AirBot. Update Venus Solar powered TrapBot.
Summer is approaching - Butterflies magically emerge to catch the lift of the warm air.
This SolarBot Flaps to the challenge and takes to the Air.
The Power is supplied by a SolarCell wired up as a Miller Solar-engine.
Its wings are powered by a locomotive style piston arrangement.
In this Video you can see the Totally Automatic Solar Powered Venus FlyTrap (aka Venus Fly TrapBot) catching Papillon whilst she flys over it quite unsuspecting.
The Trap is activated by movement detected around the base off the Lethal Gripping Leaves.
There is a mechanical Limit Switch to switch of the FlyTrap when it is fully closed.
Miller Solarengine :-
37x33mm SolarCell 6.7V & 31mA
0.47 Farad SuperCap
4.7µf Timing Capacitor
1381 C Trigger 2.1V
Solarbotics SCC3733 Module
The Wings are powered off the drive wheel of a 81:1 geared Pager motor.
The loco-motive Piston type arrangement gives a 2cm linear-vertical movement - cool for the realistic wing upstroke.
The Piston is a Cable-Tie, its flexible and slips easily over the metalwork.