Herbie the Bristlebot

Here is another little bot I made. He is a Herbie (original circuit by Randy Sargent) light seeking robot. A very simple freeformed circuit, only a lm386 audio amp, a 7805 linear regulator (to keep from blowing up the lower voltage motors), two photodiodes, a few led's, a resistor, a switch and two vibe motors. I built another herbie about a year ago with the typical motor configuration you usually see, and I like that bot quite a bit. I also made a solar bristlebot / photopopper... and well this is a mash-up of those two bots. It works surprisingly well, tracking light and turning is very responsive.
Freeform Herbie Modules

For the frame I used 'Plumbers Strap' and rivets. Along with super glue to hold wires and the photodiodes in place. I used double sided sticky foam tape to fasten the toothbrush heads and the motors. The 'eyes' are subminature panel mount red led's from Radio Hack. The actual eyes are large area photodiodes from goldmine electronics. The motors were scavenged from cell phones.
I have found you don't need a special toothbrush to achieve forward motion, just take regular toothbrushes and bend the bristles back and set a book on it for a while. These toothbrushes were the 6 for a dollar type. The battery fastener is one of those hook and loop (Velcro) cable straps for your computer cables. It worked out great.

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