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hello it's kasey from Australia and I would like to say the cybug solar fly kit is worth every cent it's the best beam robotics kit in the world!.
Just took delivery of our first cybug here at the middle
. The Cybug is the best entry level robotics kit I've ever seen. It's BEAMish qualities make it easy to build, while it's advanced hunger and preditor -prey boards make it quite interesting to watch. This guy runs on a 9 volt battery and can actually find it's charging station and feed. I altered mine slightly by adding roller beads to the support legs, a charging jack, on-off switch, and a simple cardboard body. If robot colonies are your bag, you'll love this kit. A colony of these little beasties would be really simple to set up as Craig has already worked out all the bugs :). Just make sure you have a lot of room. These little guys really can move. Preditors can even be introduced to the hive to feed on the slower grazers. I wish I could devote a whole room to a project like that!
The Cybug Solarfly kit from Craig Maynard is a fabulous solar powered robot! It is very fast in the sun, and the big torquey motors allow it to push any of my other bots out of it's way. The Chloroplast engine on this little guy runs at around 7 volts, producing a good, quick step with a little capacitor (2200uF). It also holds 5 volts in the cap for other uses, like a micro processor. The options for expanding this little guy are endless, making the critter a great solar platform. It functions basicly the same as a Popper, but is faster and much stronger. I customized this one by adding tactle feelers and jumbo paper clip legs. I also pitched the solar cells up about 20 degrees and added guards around the edges. I replaced the wheels provided with micro cassette pinch rollers and placed the "eyes" on long stalks covered in shrink tubing. For structural strength, I drilled a hole in the motor mount and bolted the PCB, leg assembly, and motor mount together. A super little kit, well worth the price. I recommend it highly.
Your sight is really cool. I was checking out your Mad
I'm gonna go out to the shop now and play with the
You are fantastic keep the good work going
LOVE THE CYBUG!!!
Hey i got my 36 cybug and built the feeding troughts(5 of
them) have my own little colony going on and i used the preditory ir sensors
which were hot wired to a clock to bring them back and 8:30 est. not only that i
have them all over my 2 story house they are every where and the have little
clock on them so i can see what time it is and so they can turn on the preditory
sensors at 8:29 est. They all just run a round and there is my pride and joy the
linux 4500 this is my little baby, al tweaked and such a way it could hum think
on putting on some thing to talk to all of you later Jason Nadeau love the bug
Your cybug was my fisrt kit project. I cant imagine a better
place to start. 'Doofus' now lives at work where he keeps the gang amused for
Exciting ! am waiting for delivery of my first Cybug kit. Have
been following Beam robotics for some time and have several projects under way.
I really like the cybugs. They are great. I am doing a research group called "CYBUG Colony Experient" and are experimenting with the behaviors of the cybugs and how they interact as a colony. My webpage will have the info under the robotics section in a few weeks. I love your site. It has made our ecosystem for our cybugs like a zoo. We are adding some things like solar panels and a way of communicating with a computer to them. Best of Luck! Matt A. PS If you would like to join the group talked about above, first you need any old cybug and a habitat for it that it can recharge in. Then, email me and I'll help you get started. You can have as many cybugs as you want, as big or small a ecosystem you want, just as long as you will help with the bi-monthly experiments by performing them, recording the data, and sending it to me to be added to the analisis and webpage.
I was one of the kids who built a cy-bug in the engineering
lab at SAIT. I really like your robots and I think it's great that you have this
page. Adam 8-)
Love your new web site ! Certainly more fun and educational
and a must visit for anyone interested in robotics.