HEXBUGS, especially the Nano, are a big hit with the elementary aged set and we have to admit we enjoy watching them scurry across our desks. While it is not easy to replicate them exactly, we've seen quite a few projects that come close to capturing all that is whimsical and delightful about the little vibrating robots.
The key to these basic little robots is vibration and there are multiple ways to obtain the source of the vibration including using a pager motor or the vibrating mechanism from an old mobile handset. One of the easiest ways to create your own similar to HEXBUG Nano robots is to use the BrushBot kit from Make. This kit contains everything that you need to create 4 little robots. The included instructions are very simple and it's a project that is easy to do with children as there is no soldering involved. ($15) If you prefer to put more DIY elbow grease in your robot project, here are four other sets of instructions courtesy of the creators at Instructables:
- Big $3 Solderless Bristle Bot by JoshuaZimmerman
- DIY Tooth Brush Robot by Captain Molo
- Brushbrobot by Miguel Angel Dimase
- Make a Better Bristlebot! by Peterjacob
Have you made your own HEXBUG styled little robots? (Lead image: Joelle Alcaidinho)