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Vertical Lego Automata

Sunday, July 9, 2017
Posted by
Cindee Calton
Lego Automata
Click through to see images and videos of the Lego Automata in action.

Bobbing Boat Automata

Boat bobbing up and down controlled by Lego gears and motor
Bobbing Boat Automata
This boat bobs up and down thanks to a Lego Technic Cam piece on a spinning axel controlled by a motor.

Spinning Fish

Fish spinning on a Lego axel controlled by a Lego motor
Spinning Fish Automata
This fish spins in circles thanks to by a Lego Technic Gear Worm Screw on a spinning axel.

Swimming Fish Automata

Fish attached to a Lego that goes back and forth
Swimming Fish Automata
Unlike the other two automata, this one was my own creation. Also unlike the other two, it is controlled by a Lego WeDo 2.0 smart hub. It has to be controlled by a smart hub in order to get the motor to reverse directions.

Swimming Fish Code

Screenshot of the code that controls the swimming fish automata
Swimming Fish Code
Here is the code I used to program the swimming fish automata using the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 app. I had to make the timing very fast to stop the thing from flying apart!

Lego Automata Video

Automata Video
A video of the three automata in action.

I was inspired by posts made by MaureenrReilly on Twitter to build a Lego wall with Automata built vertically on it.

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