When I was at BlogHer I saw these creepy, bug like robots for kids. I was able to bring one home for the kids and they were hooked. They were called HEXBUGS. I was sent a HEXBUG to review after BlogHer because my kids liked them so much.
Putting the ‘micro’ in
Micro Robotic Creatures
How small can you go? Using common locomotion principles (see “How it Works,” below) we set out to make a really small HEXBUG that gave the appearance of being smart. How will it react when it encounters an obstacle? What happens if it gets turned over? The first prototypes of the Nano were inspired by the old vibrating football games. More recent examples of vibrating motion are the BEAM Vibrobots, and then the Bristlebots. Thirty some iterations, a few years, and dozens of designs later the Nano was born. To give just a taste of how much development went into this product, we engineered and rapid prototyped over 150 variations of legs alone.
How it works. The motor inside the Nano rotates a counterweight that causes forces up and down. The down force causes the legs to bend and the Nano moves forward. The up force causes the creature to hop lifting the front legs off the ground and allowing the legs to unbend. This up and down movement repeats several hundred times per second causing the Nano to move forward. The Nano creature’s ability to flip over by itself is due to the rotating forces caused by the motor and the unique internal and external chassis design (and a little magic).
We were also invited to a HEXBUG party at my friend Cher’s house. The kids had a blast, because she has a huge set up. They were each able to bring home a few HEXBUGS. Now my house is teaming with them. It’s creepy at times when you’re not paying attention to what the kids are playing with and you see something crawling across the floor out of the corner of your eye. The larva HEXBUG is the worst for me. It is so creepy the way it moves. It’s fun to watch the bugs react to their environment. All the little pods link easily together. Keep in mind to keep the bugs out of reach of little ones, because they are small. If you’re looking for a fun Christmas present, I recommend the HEXBUGS. My kids are 2, 4, and 6 and they all love them.
How would you like to win a HEXBUG Nano of your own?
One of my lucky readers will win a HEXBUG Nano set like what is in the first picture.
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