Do you hate picking up your socks? Well, collect up some old cardboard boxes and make yourself this robotic arm.
Tired of picking things up off the floor? Want to turn your living space into a life-sized claw machine game? A new Instructable shows you how to turn a bunch of old boxes into a robotic crane arm with a 1.8-metre reach.
Actually, it can do a few things. As creator Ken Ihara (aka CBRobot), a stay-at-home dad with a two-year-old son, explained, you can also attach a smartphone to take sweeping time-lapse and video shots.
Controlled via computer (Ihara has written his own software), the arm can either be controlled in real-time or programmed, and the arm can lift up to 400 grams (maybe more, but we wouldn't want to test it too far).
It runs on stepper motors, but the entire body of the robot is made out of old boxes. If you wanted to get fancy or a bit more long-lasting, you could try a more hardy material, but the idea of making a cardboard robot is too good not to try at least once — especially since you can get them for free at the supermarket.
You can pick up the Instructables here.