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Chapter 8. Project 2: Mousey the Junkbot > The Fine Art of Making “Frankenmice”

The Fine Art of Making “Frankenmice”

For our second building project, we’re going to make a real robot, while still using very simple, conventional electronics (we’ll get all twenty-first–century digital in Chapter 9, “Project 3: Building a DiscRover”). This robot, shown in Figure 8.1, continues with our techno-junk recycling mission, making use of an old computer mouse and commonly found parts such as a 5V relay. If you crack open that old analog modem you haven’t used since you traded up to a broadband connection, you’ll likely find the relay you’re looking for in there.

Figure 8.1. He’s alive! Your old mouse reborn as a robot.



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