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It's Summer, It's Hot, It's Time for the Remote Controller Beer Crate

From the philosophical depths of a beer lover, here's a quote that serves perfectly well as an opening for this piece. "He who believes that he's too lazy to move and reach out for a beer doesn't deserve it." Surely, there may be some arguments developed from this saying, but this is not the point of this article.
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Even though we love to be surrounded by people who are not that lazy as to require assistance in getting a beer, when fun is involved, we could certainly cope with a robotic helper. So here's the remote controlled beer crate.

The idea could have been implemented way easier, by modding a remote controlled toy car so that it can haul a beer crate, but that would have been too predictable. So here is this German fellow who thought to instill a hefty dose of fun in such a project.

His name is Niklas Roy who runs a robotics shop in the German capital, Berlin, who set off to create the perfect butler for a barbecue afternoon. He indeed tore down an RC toy, but only to retrieve the electronic boards, then used a competition pro joystick, a microcontroller, a handful of diodes and relays and a battery pack to assemble the RC beer crate.

After building a platform from plywood, he secured a Berliner crate to it, alongside the electronics and the battery pack. For propulsion, Niklas chose two automotive windshield wiper motors turning two larger wheels and two casters for steering. A digital voltmeter also tells the party if the beer butler is getting tired.

Things look pretty simple to replicate at home, provided basic RC knowledge is at least a fraction of the love for beer needed to build such a toy. Oh, and once enough bottles are empty, the beer butler can also wheelie!

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