Wheely, Pullus Sine Fuga Ex Machina:

Wheely is a domesticated subspecies of the common Flightless Aircraft.    
Found in the disused aerodromes of the southwestern deserts, Wheelies descend from earlier generations of autonomous UAV's.  They live in rigorously organized communities called squadrons and spend most of their lives socializing.   
Largely ambivalent to other mechanical organisms, Wheely retains his ancestors ability to detect electric fields. 

Wheely was built for MakerBots Robotic Petting Zoo at the 2012 Bay Area Maker Faire.

Design to be the robotic equivalent of a chicken, a flightless aircraft, Wheely had to be durable.  There where children in that petting zoo.  And Children are the second most destructive force in the universe.

Wheely also included a fully illustrated assembly manual.

Spring 2012

  • Robotics
  • Arduino
  • Children

Download it from Thingiverse:  http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:23688