Allard Roeterink

Instructables: Beetle Bot

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I’m a big fan of Instructables, where DIY makers upload their homemade manuals to make anything from food to electronics. I particularly love all the imaginative solutions. Recently I’m also very interested in building simple robots with limited parts – and thus limited capabilities…

A funny one is the Beetle Bot: not too hard to make and all you need in terms of electronics is a pair of simple switches and a battery-holder. When it touches something, the circuit on that side is reversed and the motor runs backwards, making it steer away from the obstruction. Very clever and elegant design. I made mine without the shell, because I think you should see the insides. Try it out and build one yourself.