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$15 Project Potential

Who needs a huge "robot arm" project for 2018? This TRU Mega Crane has potential, I ordered one to pick up later today. The claw is manual, so I'll have to add a servo there, probably a standalone battery/IR control module. Looks like the crane has 3 motor for XYZ, it's a steal for $15, down from $40. https://www.toysrus.com/buy/toy-trucks-construction-farm/fast-lane-mega-crane-5f63072-57583566

"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

- Pablo Picasso

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  • Hi

    Here in the UK they are reduced from £49.99 to £24.98 - thats equivalent to $67.50 reduced to $33.72
    So not such a bargain here!!

    Dave
  • Now, if I could trade an extra quick start board for one...
    Jim
  • BeanBean Posts: 7,838
    edited January 2 Vote Up0Vote Down
    From the picture it looks like it does not rotate with the remote. Only up/down (claw string), and in/out (towards center tower/away from center tower).

    P.S. Reading the comments, it sounds like it does rotate with a motor (not manual), but I only see two controls on the remote ???

    P.S.S. Okay, watched a video, there are two buttons at the bottom of the remote to control up/down. So it DOES rotate with the remote.

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  • Looks like somebody did not get what they wanted for Christmas!

    I expect to see this become a very tall Towers of Hanoi solver :)

  • tritonium wrote: »
    Hi

    Here in the UK they are reduced from £49.99 to £24.98 - thats equivalent to $67.50 reduced to $33.72
    So not such a bargain here!!

    Dave

    Sure that price isn't from Toys AREN'T Us? :)
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Holy Crap! This thing is awesome! Huge and IMO perfect for a Maker Faire hack project. It's a lot of fun as-is, and ridiculously tall. I built it half height. My twins said dumb at first but now they LOVE it and won't give it back. The cat loves pawing at it too. I'll have to get another one for me.
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    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • What, you’re out of table space, so it goes on a pinball machine?!
    San Mateo, CA
  • 1) I put it up there to get it away from them (didn't work), and
    2) I'm lucky the pinball machine was clear of other projects!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Heater. wrote: »
    Looks like somebody did not get what they wanted for Christmas!

    You couldn't be more wrong! My girls took excellent care of me! :)

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    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Heater.Heater. Posts: 20,682
    edited January 3 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Lucky man. Very Dapper. All I got was pyjamas.

  • Looks like a great buy.

    So where can I get one+ in Oz?
  • Cluso99 wrote: »
    Looks like a great buy.

    So where can I get one+ in Oz?

    I'll bring you a free one if you spring for airfare. I could use a break from this winter weather.

    It's down in the 60's in the daytime!

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Sweet. If you happen to take it apart I'd love to see the motors and gearing.
  • I guess you mean when I replace the motors with Feedback 360 servos!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • erco wrote: »
    Cluso99 wrote: »
    Looks like a great buy.

    So where can I get one+ in Oz?

    I'll bring you a free one if you spring for airfare. I could use a break from this winter weather.

    It's down in the 60's in the daytime!
    Forecast is for 38C here on Sunday, though IIRC that's down from 40's forecast just a day or two ago.

    I am saving my $ for the P2 launch, although sadly it's more likely to be spent on a UK trip to visit my daughter and family :( :)
  • Hmmm. Weather's better here. Hope to see you at Ken's Party. :)
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • If it's any consolation, you have some cheap robot toys in Oz that cost a small fortune here. It took me over a year to find a local Homersapien under a hundred bucks. Makes me think they were only sold in Oz!

    All it takes is one sucker... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Homersapien-Robosapien-RC-Remote-Control-Robot-Mini-Motorized-Homer-Simpson-Set/112725136134

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • @erco
    Have you heard of Eric Joyner? He's the Robots and Donuts artist. I think you'd enjoy his work.
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  • Ha, had not seen that. Some interesting stuff.

    https://ericjoyner.com/
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Erco,
    Bet you are glad you didn't fly over here today!

    44C

    Meanwhile 2C in the U.K. Where our daughter lives.
  • erco wrote: »
    Holy Crap! This thing is awesome! Huge and IMO perfect for a Maker Faire hack project. It's a lot of fun as-is, and ridiculously tall. I built it half height. My twins said dumb at first but now they LOVE it and won't give it back. The cat loves pawing at it too. I'll have to get another one for me.
    crane.jpg

    I see you have a Demon Cat! :-)


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  • @ajward - Great to hear from you!
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  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,834
    edited January 11 Vote Up0Vote Down
    @erco
    Have you heard of Eric Joyner? He's the Robots and Donuts artist. I think you'd enjoy his work.

    @mikeologist - Love, love, love this. Hours of distraction and cost me money! Directly to my blog!

    http://roboticsunderthestole.blogspot.com/2018/01/my-kind-of-art.html

    Thanks for sharing this!

    @erco - I guess even the comments in one of your threads costs me money. Had to get the book! And hope to get the next one... See blog post for complete confession.

    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
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