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FabWalker by FabLabKamakura is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.
FabWalker is a stand-alone robot which consists of natural branches and plants. Users collect and attach branches and plants to complete a one of a kind walking botanical robot. The manner of how the robot walks changes according to the length and position of the attached branches. This robot design is an ongoing open-source project modified through many human hands. Please create, document and contribute to this growing robot ecosystem!
- Wire the electronics section that controls the robot’s movements.
(If there are any alternative components, please leave a comment and let us know!)
- Break off both ends of the bread board so that it will fit in the case.
Be careful of the direction of the components. Refer to the previous pictures and pin names printed on the bottom of the board
Connect the motor afterwards.
- Upload the following Sketch Program to Trinket.
・Since the standard ArduinoIDE does not recognize Trinket, download Arduino 1.6.x IDE ・Open the IDE・From the menu at the top of the screen, select [Tools] → [Board] and select Pro Trinket 3V/12MHz(USB) ・Do not select the Serial Port
- Attach the Battery holder next to the gearbox with both sided tape. If the motor’s wires are too short, put it through the hole as shown in the picture.
- From the yellow plastic part, cut off two of the the smaller cylinders with a nipper.
Attach the breadboard with thick both sided tape. Since the head of the screw gets in the way, using thick tape will make it easier to attach the breadboard.
- Insert Two AA batteries into the battery holder and check the Fabwalker’s movement. (At this point it won't be able to walk.)
Chargeable lithium ion batteries such as eneloop are stable since they do not have voltage drops. Supply 3V with two batteries.
- Gather Material for the Robot’s Feet, such as branches of a tree, flowers and grass.
Or you can use household items such as pens and tooth brushes.
- Insert the batteries, and the Fabwalker will come to life!
It will be better to make a case to cover the electronics. For the WalkingTree version we 3D printed a case, put plants in it and made plants walk.
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