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charlie b

Bot Sugar Bowl

Hopefully, this will work - this time. About 5 3/4" diameter, in poplar, is a simple somewhat familiar object - that behaves in a very unfamiliar way. when the lid is lifted off - or there's a loud noise in the vicinity of the sugar bowl - it waddles away - stops - and looks and listens. There's a little autonomous micro robot called the CRAB, by HexBug, underneath the bowl. It has a light sensor and a sound sensor, a little tiny electronic "brain" and a motor that opereates the crab's legs when either light or a loud sound is detected. The challeng of turning this piece was getting its weight down to 62 grams - a bit over 2 ounces - the maximum carrying capactiy of the CRAB. The cross section of the piece is that of an overhanging rim bowl - with an upside down bowl inside - the latter to hide the micro robot under. Did a lot of light turning - weighing - turning a little bit more - weighing - put a light inside and check for really thin areas - turning then sanding some more - weighing . . . Challenging piece to turn and really fun to watch reactions to it. More about this piece here http://web.hypersurf.com/~charlie2/Turning/BotPot/BotPot2.html YouTube video of the piece in action here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DshmSV1Xkmc Comments, questions, suggestions, constructive criticism welcomed.

Bot Sugar Bowl
charlie b, Oct 20, 2010
    • Terry Scott
      Your work is always a delight
      Because you dont know if the work will bite you or make a load noise or just waddle along
      Dont take this wrong but they make me laugh watching U tube is so much fun
      Thanks for making light of life
    • charlie b
      Life is short - and then you die. There ARE times that require being serious - but they're usually rare. The rest of the time - when possible, enjoy and have some fun. If you can cause a smile, or maybe an outright laugh - why not? Lord knows, we can use a little levity these days.
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