Short Bytes: The engineering prodigy Angelo Casimiro has made a life-size BB-8 droid. This robot was made by using the household materials and a little bit Arduino circuitry. Watch the video, see how it’s done and make one for yourself.
You can make this life-size BB-8 robot at home and control it with a free iPhone app. To cut down the cost, Angelo used paper mache to make the central sphere and topped it with a styrofoam head. Overall, this adorable BB-8 robot is made from just $100 worth of parts.
“Due to the limitation of materials, I resorted in using the materials around me (deodorant roll-ons as ball bearings, canvas as fiberglass, Christmas balls as the eye & etc.)”, he says.
Talking about its brain, Angelo’s BB-8 is powered by the open source microcontroller board Arduino Uno. It controls the wheels placed at the bottom of the robot when it moves around.
Angelo even manages to keep BB-8’s head right in place with a set of speaker magnets and their magnetic force. To control the droid, Angelo uses a free Arduino controller app that is connected to a Bluetooth board placed inside the droid.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab some household tools, do some Arduino circuitry, and with the help of Angelo BB-8 DIY video, you are good to go.
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