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“A wise robot once said to me through Serial.println- that robots teach us about ourselves.”

Friday Night Robotics – Arduino a la Soapbox

I was always looking for a good place to put Arduinos in. Those black boxes you get from electronic stores were always too heavy and not colourful enough… finally, VOILA! It appears before my eyes…



How awesome is that? At Kinney’s they come in several different colours:

  • Lime green
  • Dark green
  • Purple
  • White
  • Blue
  • Pink

The lime green is by far the best one.

This is what it looks like on MANOI!

FNR - Arduino a la Soapbox

Inside, is an Arduino MEGA!

FNR - Arduino a la Soapbox

The only tricky part for the MEGA was that I had to make a hole for the USB cable:

FNR - Arduino a la Soapbox

The plastic isn’t the easiest to cut, but it is easy if you have patience. I don’t have patience much, so I sliced my finger with an XActo a bit. It’s not too bad though, and it is an excuse to wear Spongebob bandaids. If you know you can’t do it, I would strongly suggest you get someone that knows how to do it. Otherwise you will hurt yourself :(

This is sooo cool though!

Wave Shield a la Soapbox:

FNR - Arduino a la Soapbox

Ethernet Shield a la Soapbox:

FNR - Arduino a la Soapbox

Arduino Diecimila a la Soapbox:

FNR - Arduino a la Soapbox

Sanguino a la Soapbox (needs to be cut to fit):

FNR - Arduino a la Soapbox

Boarduino a la Soapbox (could probably fit 4 of these in there):

FNR - Arduino a la Soapbox

Phewephewphhpweh! The soapboxes only cost $1.49 each. :)


This entire week I was constantly debugging MANOI in order to get it to play hockey again. 😀 Midweek my friend lent me her Chinese super glue. I glued myself to the super glue… so I bought some Krazy glue (witht he brush) and some Elmers glue.

I also found some snaps at Walmart which help incredibly to snap on the hockey stick to the hand.

My process was just constantly layering on more and more glue. Once the Elmers dried, I would add more Krazy glue. Once the Krazy dried, more Elmers… etc etc. The goal was to get it working for Saturday morning (the Tech Tent).

Everything did work by then, but it was quite a journey!

Now I am trying to find a way to have MANOI express its feelings (without movements). I was trying to do something along the lines of antennas. Take a look:

FNR - Arduino a la Soapbox

I’m not entirely sure though… I mean, doesn’t it look kind of weird?!?!?! It’s more scary than social!

From this angle it doesn’t look too bad:

FNR - Arduino a la Soapbox

Does anyone have any ideas/thoughts/comments?

I have also been working on getting my Arduino MEGA multi-cored by connecting with other Arduinos. Basically, the MEGA will only be controlling the servos and the other Arduinos. The other Arduinos would be controlling the LEDs, music, ethernet, you name it.

The thought came to me today that I also can make it so that the MEGA is wireless and communicates to the SSC-32 wirelessly (through an XBee). I am so excited I don’t know what to do first!!!

In the middle of the week I am going to make a blog post about the Nunchuck code 😀 People will probably find it handy.

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  • Jake

    7 years ago

    Maybe mount the LEDs in the Eyes for the expressions? Also, what kit are you using for the servos? I cant seem to find a decent one.

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