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.


Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The folks over at 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.

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:

Here is the video on YouTube:


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 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:

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.

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.

HowStuffWorks Autopsy – Inside Hex Bugs

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

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

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: