Walking plants

These were custom robots made for a a one time workshop for high school art students though a program found here. http://camstl.org/programs/youth-teen-programs/nan/. During the workshop we divided roughly 20 students up into 4 groups were each group built a walking robot.

 

Here is a Drop box link to the workshops build instruction and the program. The program is a bit rough but it will be a great starting point.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/85v7aavc3psypyl/AACJ7jt0dUC9zp7bbGm1b40Ba?dl=0

Thingiverse page so you can make your own.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1568081

The robots are programmed to move towards light and to be an extension of the plant itself. They do this by moving towards sunlight and beeping when the moisture of the plant is low. This allows the robot to warn you when the plant needs water while keeping the plant in the sunlight longer than normal potted plant can. These robots are hexapod robots. For example, hexapod robots can step over various obstacles, like a book, that a wheeled robot can not.

The light sensor should be facing angled towards the front of the robot with a clear line of sight to work correctly

Parts list:

All printed parts
3x Hitec HS-422 Servos
1x Light blue Bean controller
18 M3 x 11 screws
1x CDS photoresistor
2x 220 ohm resistors
1x 1k ohm resistor
1x 22 uf capacitor
2x LED any color
1x Octopus Soil Moisture Sensor
1x misc wires
1x Great Planes Threaded 2-56 Ball Link Set (Set of 6)
1x small plant/soil
8x 10-24 x 3/4 inch or metric equivalent
3x 10-24 x 2 inch or metric equivalent
1x 3.3 volt drop out regulator or DC-DC drop in replacement, part number LD1117v33c
1x buzzer 3.3 volt or 5 volt
1x 4 AA battery holder
4x AA batteries (rechargeable if possible)
1x 1/4 scrap plastic, you will need to laser cut to base panels the 133 mm wide and 230 mm long The top base plate needs a cutout for the plant pot that measures 68 mm in diameter.

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