Keep An Eye On That Rovin’ Pumpkin

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GeekDad perennials Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories have been thinking up neato Halloween projects forever.

Who could foret the Jack-o-Dalek, light-up Lego headless horseman or Punkin’ Cylon? Well, Lenore and Windell are at it again. This time they’ve dreamed up a simple part-Lego robot that fits inside a pumpkin:

The Rovin’ Pumpkin is a simple robotic pumpkin. Silently, it sits on your porch– camouflaged amongst the humble squashes. After a minute, its green eyes start to glow, and it creeps… moving about one foot to the left… and stops. The eyes go dark again. It fades into the darkness. And it waits. After several minutes and several steps, it reverses direction, and begins to creep the other way. Hopefully before it falls off of your porch.

Practical? Heck no– it’s a halloween robot, and a perishable one at that. Its sense of direction is terrible, and who knows where it would end up if you let it loose in a park. Adult supervision and regular course corrections are suggested.

On the bright side, it looks very cool, especially at night, and it’s a relatively easy project (especially compared to some of our other robots). Also, and for better or worse, it can indeed scare the beeping bleep out of unsuspecting individuals who visit your darkened front porch.

See the project page for more information.

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