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My Shopping List (feel free to ignore)

Why would you care what I'm shopping for?  Well, you probably don't.

Still here?  Go build a robot!  Here's what I'm shopping for to build some of my own.

September 2009

I need stuff for Mr. Suspense!  Plus maybe some other goodies.

Mr. Suspense

Using Google search for LMR

Since we've been getting inconsistent results from the LMR search engine, I've taken to using Google search, and specifying the site.

In case you don't know how to do this, just go to Google and search for:

site:letsmakerobots.com <whatever you are looking for>

For example, if you want to find all references to Mr Basic, you type:

site:letsmakerobots.com "Mr Basic"


This mini stepper motor from the Electronic Goldmine was ridiculously cheap. However, it is wired strangely for a stepper motor, so I've collected some more info on … Read more
Price: $11.05 USD
I bought this great Power Supply Kit by Chaney Electronics from The Electronic Goldmine. It is rated for 0-12V. My kids managed to pull mine off the table and … Read more
I decided to build a pan/tilt mount using the DAGU parts I recently received. I did have a little trouble, but overall I'm pleased with the result.  You may notice … Read more
regulates my battery voltage, supplies 6V for motors and servos, 5V for logic
This walk through is heavily based on OddBot's walk through, "Once you've decided on batteries, how do you regulate the voltage?" I highly recommend that you read … Read more
I've started on my own version of the Herbie-stlye mousebot. They are so simple and fun, I couldn't resist. So far I have the basic circuit breadboarded and … Read more
Here's my version of the Start Here Robot.  It pretty much follows Fritz's directions, with some minor adaptations of the body based on the material I had on hand, … Read more

Steam Punk Robots

I was visiting my sister this past weekend. I showed her son Alec some of the great bots here on LMR. Alec has a couple of interesting model engines, and has been trying to generate electricity with them. His dad actually does this on a bigger scale with diesel engine running biodiesel and a generator.

Anyway, one of Alec's engine models is a Stirling engine. He has this model.