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Rockin’ Amp Vibrobot

One of the fun projects we have at Brown Dog Gadgets are known as Vibrobots. I made one I call the Rockin’ Amp. These are fun little bots made with simple paper circuits and Maker Tape.

We provide free templates that can be downloaded and printed by anyone, and you can make these projects even if you buy the components from elsewhere. (Though you’ll need to modify things if you try to use copper tape, as it’s very thing & fragile and only conductive on one side.)

These projects tend to be a cross between arts & crafts and simple electronics. There’s some cutting involved, some taping, some learning, and if you prefer to do more decorating you can print the black & white version and color it yourself.

Credit where credit is due… I started with this basic 2D illustration of an amplifier, and changed a few things, and added in the other five side so it would fold up into a 3D object.

Here’s our Rockin’ Amp in action…

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Blinking Ambulance Paper Craft

I’ve been cranking out projects for Brown Dog Gadgets recently. Mostly paper craft things (that light up using conductive Maker Tape) or LEGO based things that use Crazy Circuits. Some projects area really quick and easy, and pretty fun.

Here’s an ambulance that uses two 10mm LEDs with the Crazy Circuits Blink/Fade Board to alternately blink on and off. (Josh calls this “Ambulance Mode”).

The original ambulance I started with can be found on SVGRepo. It was published with a CC0 license, so I was able to modify it and use it, which is awesome. We provide all sorts of templates and files for people to download and print on the Brown Dog Gadgets Dozuki site.

You can grab the Blinking Ambulance and follow the guide to make your own. If you don’t want to source your own components, the Brown Dog Gadgets Shop has everything you need.

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Sharks, Cats, and Lasers!

Okay, not really lasers… just LEDs in straws that look like lasers. I’ve been working on some paper circuit projects for Brown Dog Gadgets and after we talked about the Darth Vader card and other “laser” cards I mentioned Shark with Lasers and Laser Cats… so we had to make them. (Find these and more in the Paper Circuits section of the BDG site.)

These cards use drinking straws with LEDs and a bit of hot glue to give the laser effect. Check out this Shark with a Frickin’ Laser Beam

Maybe you prefer cats to sharks? We’ve got that covered… Here’s a Laser Cat! (Not to be confused with Laser Cats, the short film.)

The diagram on each card shows the circuit, which is activated by a switch mechanism on the other side of the card (not shown.) More downloadable paper craft circuit projects can be found on the BDG Dozuki site. I’ll highlight some of the fun work we do every now and then.