by Robert Doerr
Retro Turtle Robot Construction Tutorial
I may be a bit eccentric, but I spend much of my free time working on personal
robots from the ‘80s like the HERO, Androbot, RB5X, Gemini, and Hubot robots.
Even so, I like to explore other areas of the hobby and build other robots too.
This project all started when I kept looking at a CD spindle sitting on my desk
and thought what a great little robot it could make. It kept reminding me of
the early turtle robots. The bottom makes a great base for a robot and with
the cover in place, it would have the finished retro look I was after. Besides,
it is a great way to recycle something that normally is thrown away. During
the construction, many other recycled parts were incorporated into the design.
Little did I know that this would end up creating a whole new class of small
robots: the SpindleBots!
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