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YouTube poster robothut has created an amazing robot called Fire Chief from a Chief Smoky robot that actually sends smoke out of the fire hose nozzle.
So here is my version of the Fire Chief robot. The firs effect in the chest turned out very well, I used a rotating wrinkle foil drum that colored lights reflect off of just like the fake fire units do, but again the digital camera does not like to shoot in to the lit effect. The smoker hose effect turned out great! The tip of the hose is the smoke fluid cartridge so if need be it can be replaced , the hearter is on the end of the hose and the power to the heater runs inside the hose. The hose is fed air buy a small air pump that came from a junked out blood pressure machine.
Great job robothut! Click through for a short video.
We really like the fact that the wires hanging off the side of these robots is a recharging wire. The little robot could potentially makes its way to its very own charging station!
The robots have two skis soldered to the bottom of the PCB and two charging prongs on the top. As well as supporting the front of the robot, the skis are ground terminals for charging. They make contact with a foil pad in the charging bay. The angled charging prongs are designed to wedge under the aluminium rail in the bay, which is powered.
To read more about the making and designing of Formica robots, click here.
Now go forth and create your Formica swarm army! Pre order your Formica kit for about $48 here or click through for a quick peek at the tiny robots in action.