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Making Simple Robots by Kathy Ceceri

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Project: Make a Swarm of Gliding Vibrobots

What Is a Vibrobot?

A vibrobot, or vibrating robot, is a primitive bot that moves due to the shaking of a rotating eccentric (off-center) weight, usually a vibrating motor.

Three Vibrobots swarming.
Figure 3-4. Three Vibrobots swarming.

What It Does

Vibrating robots behave in lifelike ways without any electronic control through a combination of random movements and mechanical programming due to their shape and distribution of weight.

Where It Came From

Probably the most famous example of a vibrating robot is the Bristlebot—the Throwie of the robot world. First appearing on the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories ...

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