Robots come in all shapes and sizes. Some look human, some look like a Roomba, some look like V.I.N.CENT, and some look like a big room with blinky lights. The design is about function, and the function is up to the maker. Here are some clever DIY robot designs that show the diversity of just what robotics can mean, from Digikey’smaker.io:
Traditional methods for robotic movement often involve wheels or flying, but this robot uses small legs and an expandable body to climb up trees. The project is centered around the Arduino microcontroller and takes advantage of gears to provide the force needed for the pincers to hold onto the tree while it expands and contracts its body to move up the tree.
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