Normally, printed circuit boards are green and rectangular or square in shape. But these unique circuit boards come in colors like yellow, orange, and blue. Beyond being colorful, they’re designed to be taken apart and assembled into wonderful little robots.
Designed by Geeek Club, these Magic Voodoo Bots are festive little robots that come flat-packed on special printed circuit boards. Simply cut the pieces out of the boards, and put your basic electronics skills to work to assemble them. The finished robots look awesome when lit up, and they vibrate too which makes them skitter around.
Magic Voodoo Bots come sold in a $129 boxed set that includes seven different mini robots, along with all of the electronic components, parts, and tools you need to build them, including a soldering iron, and a rotary tool you’ll need to cut the pieces out with.
These would make a great gift for anyone just getting started in electronics, and when you’re done building them, you’ll have some really nifty light-up art to display on your desk or bookshelf.
Normally, electronics require circuit board, electricity, and various other parts in order to function. So I can say with 100% certainty that gadgets made from concrete will not function no matter how much you want them to. Still, I think these concrete sculptures of electronics and other devices would look pretty cool sitting on a shelf.
Denver artist Eric Sahs of Concrete Collectibles makes replicas of various objects by molding them, then casting them in concrete. He then finishes them with terra cotta glazes and masonry stains to give them added dimension and depth.
Among the many concrete objects in his Etsy shop are a computer keyboard, a vintage Fisher Price kid’s television, boomboxes, various cameras, and a completely unsolvable Rubik’s Cube.
Prices for the concrete sculptures range from about $63 up to $400, making them quite a bit more expensive than the objects upon which they are based. Still, I think they’re pretty nifty, and there’s clearly a good amount of work that goes into making these unique works of art. Personally, I’d love to have the concrete Atari 2600 joystick on my bookshelf.
If you’re looking for a new interactive robot toy for the kids, the ActivePuzzle looks like a fun one. It lets users build their own robots that can perform simple tasks or challenges simply by snapping together puzzle pieces.
These interactive puzzle pieces can be pieced together to build fun robots, and your kids will learn some valuable STEM skills while they’re at it. As they are building their little robot, they will learn things like logic, computational thinking, and problem-solving. It’s a pretty cool educational toy.
Each ActivePuzzle kit includes a variety of output blocks, input blocks, logic blocks, and a power block. Sensors like IR, light, temperature, and proximity can be used to control things like a motor, light, buzzer, or an IR transmitter.
You can get in on the robot puzzle fun with a pledge over on Kickstarter. A 16-piece kit sells for $98, while the 122-piece version is going for $122, both a 30% discount from the expected MSRP. Educators can get a special discounted price for quantities of 10 or more advanced kits.