View Full Version : [Contest Entry] A Bug Bot that scares away the bogie man

Droid Works
09-11-2007, 09:24 PM

This is a boe-bot I made for my daughter. It Is a standard boe-bot and homework board with the crawler kit and the ping))) kit. I also added a red wide spectrum laser light. Basically what is dose is wander around and shine its red beam in the darkest areas of the room. My daughter is 6 years old and is going threw the scared of the dark phase. So I made this bot to look like a cute bug and shine light in the dark areas of her room while it wanders, and make my daughter feel like she is not in the room alone. Needles to say she loves it...lol

1 Parallax boe-bot kit
1 Parallax crawler kit
1 Ping))) sensor kit
1 Parallax homework board
1 laser pointer
1 wide spectrum lens
1 light filter
5 ni cad rechargeable batteries
1 9v battery
1 can of black spray paint
1 can of purple spay paint
1 mounting kit (made my self) the red beam and servo.
Estimated cost $300


09-12-2007, 08:19 AM
Cool stuff Droid Works, thanks for the submission!

09-12-2007, 10:45 AM
This. Is. Awesome.

What a great idea! A useful application on top of being a fun way to teach your daughter about technology. There are a lot of organizations out there that are looking for ways to get more young girls excited about technology that would love to see this. (the Girl Scouts for one.)

You should think about sending this over to a few of those organizations. They might do stories on it.

Thanks for the submission!

Droid Works
09-13-2007, 10:41 AM
I do allot of work with The Museum of Science and Technology, local schools and collages. I try to raise as much interest as I can for the robotics field. Kids seem to really love robotics. My daughter actually helps me build them. She screws in allot of the nuts and bolts and I show her how to bread board the wires and things like that. She is in the first grade and will be bringing 4 of her robots to show and tell. Its kind of funny you mentioned the girl scouts. My wife and I just finished filling out the paper work for her to join the brownies..lol

09-13-2007, 11:27 AM
She's bringing in 4 robots to show and tell? She's totally gonna be the coolest kid in class:)

Great to hear about all your effort in getting the younger generation more interested in and involved with robotics!

09-13-2007, 11:51 PM
Wow.. awesome project!

In a few years she'll be working with NASA to design the next Titan Lander.


Droid Works
09-16-2007, 09:44 PM
She loves science, so she is of to a good start :)

Droid Works
09-17-2007, 10:46 AM
She wants me to build her a frog bot next. So now I have to make one that jumps...lol

09-19-2007, 02:35 PM
Speaking of jumping robots, I just found this the other day:


Droid Works
09-19-2007, 04:25 PM
Thats prety cool, all it need is to be panted green and some googly eyes...lol

Droid Works
09-23-2007, 10:05 PM
Wow.. awesome project!

In a few years she'll be working with NASA to design the next Titan Lander.


Its funny you mentioned NASA. She helps me with most of my projects. I just did sensor aray for Lockheed Martin and The Museum of Science and technology not to long ago..lol


10-18-2007, 03:05 PM
Pretty darn cool, a robot with a REAL WORLD function! All my bots just want to take over the Earth...
BTW your daughter is a real charmer.