Archive for the ‘Modifications’ Category

Thing-a-month #11: HEXNinjas

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Pictures and more at I Heart Robotics.

Can HEXBUG Nano Swim?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

I Heart Robotics checks out if the Nano has retained its ability to swim or lost it in the evolutionary process.

http://www.iheartrobotics.com/2010/01/upgrade-can-hexbug-nano-swim.html

HEXBUG Nano Hack: LED

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The folks over at iheartrobotics.com have hacked the HEXBUG Nano and added an LED to it.

They’ve got more photos and instructions on their site.

Bot Ginger Jar

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Charlie, a budding HEXBUG Crab addict, is back again with another fun Crab modification.  Things aren’t always what they seem to be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H9Y0t2b6Zs

The Bot Pot

Monday, April 27th, 2009

A HEXBUG fan, Charlie, has created a cool little moving sugar bowl powered by the HEXBUG Crab.

How about hiding this thing in the underside of a turned piece which, when “startled”, scurries away – then stops, waiting – and listening – scurrying off again at the sound of a hand clap, or a tap on it’s support surface?

Read more about his iterative design process and watch the videos of the bowl scurrying off: http://web.hypersurf.com/~charlie2/Turning/BotPot/BotPot1.html

Here is the video on YouTube:

HEXBUG IR Control

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Ever wanted to control an original HEXBUG without having to clap .. or wait for it to hit a wall?  Peter, over at appliedinspirations.com has provided us with another detailed step-by-step modification for our original HEXBUG.  With a little work you can control an Original HEXBUG with a TV remote control.

Read the full article here: http://www.appliedinspirations.com/appliedcontent/Projects/HXB-IRmod/HXB_IRmod.html

HEXBUG Mod: Lighting the Way

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Our friends over at HEXBUG Central found a cool HEXBUG Mod .. check out the video on their site.

http://hexbug-central.blogspot.com/2008/12/hexbug-modlighting-way.html

Give your HEXBUG a real brain!

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Here’s a really cool project — give your HEXBUG a real brain.

Now the real fun begins. Even though the Hexbug’s motion is limited, with the addition of a few simple sensors and some clever programming, it can do remarkable things. For example, a right turn (the only direction the Bug can turn) is accomplished by doing a reverse turn for about 2 seconds. How can it make a left turn? Simply do a right turn for 6 seconds – 3 right turns equal one left turn.

http://www.appliedinspirations.com/appliedcontent/Projects/Hexbug/Proj-HexBug1.html

HowStuffWorks Autopsy – Inside Hex Bugs

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Wondering how the Original HEXBUG works?  howstuffworks.com has a quick article which explains how the Original HEXBUG works.

http://express.howstuffworks.com/hex-bug-autopsy.htm

Magnetic HEXBUG

Friday, April 11th, 2008

A few Innovation First employees decided the HEXBUG would be cooler if it could walk up the walls.  A few magnets later and there you have it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCzWRc64RTI