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This is one of these projects with multiple meanings: is this the cheesy relative of the "headcrabs" from the Half-Life video games? Maybe a walking robot in love with a ladybug? Or is the ladybug piloting her own mech?

Whatever the answer, one thing is for sure: this robot is happy with its ladybug and walks in a very curious and rhythmic way. Maybe it looks erratic at the beginning, but if you watch it carefully, you will see this little bot has Sabor Latino. This robot walks almost like dancing... LAMBADA!

I wish I could say this is the result of a strict engineering design process and meticulous calculations. The reality is, this is an unintended consequence from a failed project (I was trying to make a mini-submarine, go figure). But some of the best things of life come by accident. And I'm happy with that! At the end, you can bend the legs of this bug, so you can keep it in your pocket and give it later to your significant one.

I'm participating in the "Pocket-sized Contest" of Instructables. So if you like this project, your vote will very appreciated. Thanks for your support!

OK, let me show you how I built this little guy. I cannot assure you will obtain the same results with your available resources, but I maybe you can make your robot to dance "Despacito."

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

Like most of my projects, I used recycled materials. If you cannot find the exact ones, try with substitutes:

  • 1 x plastic heart: you can get it from thousands of products, like pencil sharpeners, jewel boxes, toys and so on. Or you can 3D print your own one.
  • 1 x micro motor with gear box: you can find it inside 3D pens, or buy it online.
  • 3 x 3D glasses (you know, like the ones you are not supposed to take out of the cinema...)
  • 1 x 3.7V lithium polymer battery: from a broken 3Doodler 3D pen.
  • 1x 330 ohm resistor (orange/orange/brown/gold)
  • 1 x LED
  • 1 x Switch
  • 1 hard plastic piece (white): for the crank. I got mine from a broken printer.
  • 1 plastic small case (orange): to house the micro motor in the heart. I got mine from a toy.
  • 1 plastic small stick (red).
  • 2 long bolts, with nuts and washers
  • 7 small bolts with nuts: like the ones for small electronic and robotics projects.
  • wires: black and red
  • Soldering tin
  • Superglue

Also, you will require the following tools:

  • Dremel rotary tool
  • Heat gun
  • Soldering iron
  • Hot glue gun
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers

Also, probably you will need a charger for your battery. You can find it online, or create your own one.

I love it and I love watching it in the video!
M.C. Langer (author)  Penolopy Bulnick4 months ago
Thanks a lot Penolopy! :-)