Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Building another headbot

After the(moderate)success of my first headbot,I'm now building another one.This one,however,is a more conventional one.
The base is a piece from an old chair leg.Right now I'm not sure if the circuit will be a bicore or another type.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Headbots reprise

Last year I made a first attempt at making headbots but the results weren't good.I still want to build some though so here it goes again.After testing the circuit on the breadboard and finding out that it worked I've now soldered it together and working on the mechanical part.
This one will be a bit different in that the motor,batteries and most of the electronics are not located on the part that moves around.Hopefully this makes for a head that spins more easily.

Sunday, March 08, 2009


Last year I started working on a project with a bicycle wheel,but abandoned that because it wasn't going the way I wanted it.This weekend I took it off the "unfinished projects" shelf again and decided to turn it into a waterwheel.
The wooden base was exchanged for one that will last longer outside.
I attached five soda cans with tie-wraps,when it rains one will fill up,making it heavier and then the weight will make the wheel turn(or at least that is the idea).

Thursday, March 05, 2009

First automaton finished

Today I finished my first,real,automaton.In general I'm pleased with it:the mechanism works like it should(but the shaft that goes up and down should've been constructed differently,in hindsight),the robot looks good(I think),so do the bugs.I didn't worked out completely the way I wanted it.My idea was to have the bug on the up and down shaft dodge the net just as the robot was passing.
Guess that'll be a lesson learnt for the next automaton.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Automata for the people*

As I wrote in a previous post,I've been looking at at automata for the past few days.And this weekend I've started my first one.Although you could say that the two Tinguelyesque machines I made are automata in a way too.
But this is a hand cranked, small,simple one to start with.The mechanism simply makes one shaft rotate and another one go up and down.After a bit of tinkering it now works as it should and I can commence building the figures which go on the shafts.
Because I'm not good at making human like figures,they will be robots.The idea I have(for now)is this:a robot with a net trying to catch some flying creatures........
In the meantime you can look at one automata making artist I really like:Gina Kamentsky

*a play on words:R.E.M. fans will get this....