Daiju from the editorial department of Daily Portal Z told me "I will be able to borrow a robot production kit from a shop of my friend, do you want to try to make a work with it?".
Make a work... I have never succeeded in making any works. But it is strange if I feel like I can do it when it starts from the very beginning. I soon responded "yes".
Shiatsu masseur born in Tochigi prefecture in 1982. I practice in "Amazing Shiatsu Massage", which I founded myself. I always think "I hope everyone comes to my clinic..." no matter what I'm doing...could I be obsessed?
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Works I have tried to make so far
All the works I made so far have failed. When I am making it, I always think "I'm satisfied with the necessary functions though the completion level is not good. So I have not failed", but as time passes it is all failed. I believe I can do it although I have failed so much. From an objective viewpoint, I am either stupid or genius.
Create practical machines
A request from Daiju this time is a "practical machine".
Making a sketch of an idea for the drying socks machine
So I proposed a "drying socks machine". You may be sometimes in a situation that when hanging up laundry, only socks are not dried enough. Then dry them with a dryer early in the morning. The machine makes it automated works.
But Daiju gave me an order saying "as we will have a robot kit this time, let's make it like a character". Why do we need to make it like a character? I will respond to the order.
Making the 2nd sketch of an idea for the drying socks machine (with faces)
I made a contrast which looks like a thin character and a square character. Their personality is opposite, but they work together and dry socks.
Daiju does not mention their character, and only said "it is great that the 'even warm wind' is only like a theory", so my basic idea seems to be OK.
They choose the materials
On the basis of the idea, SWITCH SCIENCE which sells the robot kits will choose the materials and they will present them to use. It is the most difficult part so it is very thankful. Without this condition, I would never be motivated for the work.
A few days later, I received one picture from Daiju.
The editorial Masanori is showing my idea sketch looking sorry and people from SWITCH SCIENCE are looking troubled
After showing my idea, SWITCH SCIENCE people became very troubled. Daiju and Masanori went to the meeting and I heard that it was awkward.
Especially, when they saw a part written as "moves a bit", there was an atmosphere of them "what on earth is he talking about?". This is my word. If it does not move a bit, the socks will get burnt and can be a cause of fire, right?
After a few days, I receive a set of "a starter robot kit" for vehicle.
Really! Can I really make the drying socks machine with this?
Are they all the materials?
When I opened the vehicle kit
According to Daiju, this "vehicle kit" or "a set containing a lot of basic parts like LEGO" was said to be a candidate for the work materials.
But an editorial Masanori claimed that I would end up making nothing with the "set containing a lot of basic parts like LEGO". He says that I can make a car anyway with the "vehicle kit", and he told me to customize to make it as a drying socks machine.
I will try it now
I will think of the customization while doing the work
So I start with making this car.
There are almost no sentences in the instruction, and even if there was any, they are only in English
Step 1. Attach parts with screws to wheels of the car.
... well? I cannot fix it somehow. Why.
Look at what I have done and what it is supposed to be in the manual
One hour passed as I cannot fix them. I found out that the points that parts to be fixed were not correct at all. I see. The wheel should be fixed between the screws and metal fittings.
It is like an experience seeing trompe l'oeil. What is different from the trompe l'oeil is that I am being deceived by choice. I think the brain science effect should be the same.
Repeating the trick experience can be tiring
After repeating the tricky experience for more than 10 times like this, I could finish the step 2.
Motors are divided somwhow
I cannot finish the step 3 at all (by the way, there are up to step 11). I need to fix the fitting part to support the motor, but I cannot tighten the screws after all.
I tried various things and the motor was disassembled. Why are you breaking down it as I try to make it? I am absolutely not bad.
I don't understand this
After spending a few hours on Step 3, I do not even have the tricky experience which can be a clue. I first thought that I could make a car in only 30 minutes...
Daiju's super power is amazing
I can not do anything anymore, so I'm going to ask Daiju to help me "There are some screws that cannot be tightened".
This is the sitting space of Nifty Corporation.
- So I have tried to tighten the screws many times but I could not. After many tries, the motor was disassembled.
Daiju (after a glimpse of parts and manuals) "Oh, this is how you do it" (in less than 1 minute)
- --Wow. Surely, when I did not do it according to the manual and installed it here, it went well... But why do you know such a thing after a glimpse? I even need some time to read the manual. Daiju is going beyond the manual ... isn't he ...?
When I asked the reason why, he only laughed. That was the thing I wanted to know the most.
How can he know? Daiju now looks like a hermit. I wonder those who make his works are doing it with such a super power. I thought it was science but it is occult. Scary.
(Comment from the Daiju : The auther, Mitsuhiro failed to look at the hole for mounting the metal fitting in the motor. He thought... there was no hole in the place as in the manual. -> There is a screw instead. -> If I unscrew the screw, I can make a hole! -> Then he made the motor disassembled by unscrewing the screw. It was exactly "the idea we have never imagined".
Mitsuhiro thought I was beyond the manual, but I only followed the manual.)
The editorial Masanori also joined.
The two from the editorial department take a side glance at me while working. I decided to continue the work. It is a baby sitting system.
Steadily approaching to completion
Gradually became like a car
The motor was attached safely to the front wheels and the rear wheels, and it became like a car shape. (Step 5 completed so far)
But the wheels are inevitably unwell. They are rattling. I don't know the reason. No matter how many times I divide into pieces and combine them, it will rattle.
Daiju "Why does it rattle?"
This time, Daiju doesn't know when I asked him.
Masanori "Let me have a look.”
He removed something and did something
When Masanori worked for a moment, the wheels stopped rattling.
-- Masanori, what did you do? It is completely fixed....
Masanori "I don't know what I've done. I don't know why it was rattling. It is rather amazing to know that it was rattling."
Super power again.
Masanori "I guess it's better to show something fun after giving up the work. Like going to the river. Writing complains that I am suffering from making a commercially available kit is not fun."
If you say something like that, I cannot use the way anymore. Suddenly, I felt something cold at my butt.
I did not realize that I was spilling mineral water on my chair during work and I sat down
After that, I move forward by 0.3 steps and go back by 0.2 steps, like that.
I did it!!!
Yeah!! The shape is completed! ( I shouted at the sitting space of Nifty.) But it cannot move as it is. According to Daiju, it seems that SWITCH SCIENCE seems to have forgotten to put the remote control in the kit.
Wow, it was a radio control kit that can be handled! I did not understand it at all while making it.
This is the end of the work for today. I just wait for receiving the remote control additionally. Well done!
It does not move
I received the remote control. But it does not move even a bit with the remote.
What on earth
What is wrong. I wonder if I made a mistake in wiring. I don't know after putting in pieces and combine them again and again. I left it for a few days and I got a message from Daiju.
Daiju "Did it move from the other day?"
-- It does not move at all
Daiju "It might be a problem with the microcontroller. Can you come to Nifty on a weekday?"
Huh? Was this controlled by a microcontroller? I didn't know that.
I have combined again and again and it has become rattling after a while. I decided not to care anymore.
"It is rattling again" Masanori says
I never thought of this one as a cyber machine connected to a computer.
It seems that it was a matter of microcontroller. I connected with a computer, and downloaded a program from the manufacturer's web page. When I put in the car's microcontroller...
Wow!! (in a loud voice again)
Actually, there is a slightly strange thing to say. "If you press the forward and backward buttons on the remote control, it turns the direction to the left or right: and if you press the direction change button to the left and the right, it goes forward and backward" But Humans should understand and cover it. It is completed.
Thank you very much! The work is done! After a while, I realized that it was only the beginning of the production of the "drying socks machine". By the way, I did not make it at the deadline of the article at all this time, and I have rescheduled the publishing schedule three times.
(Comment from Daiju : Originally, it seems that Mitsuhiro do not need to use PC, but the kit we handed to you seems to have been remodeled with its contents before to use at the exhibition. Sorry Mitsuhiro. But wiring was a mistake by you at assembly for the direction problem. )
Install a dryer
I don't think the dryer will fit on it
I have had a doubt from the beginning that there is no space to put a dryer on this car. But only way I can go forward it is to install it anyway.
I wonder if I can temporarily fix it with a strap
I was wondering if I could fix it with a strap.... but,
It can be broken!
The part that the microcontroller is installed started to sound strange.
Actually, this part has been grinding since I made it. It's supposed to be a spec because I made it according to the manual. This is a car that does not install a dryer after all. What is going on! (Comment from Daiju: I think Mitsuhiro had forgotten because he had so many troubles in the previous stages, but this is the original mission to devise it there.)
Give up the warm wind
How about using a small fan for a table to send the wind? It does not have to be warm air anymore. There should be a way to do it by giving up something.
I went to an electricity shop and asked for "the smallest fan in this shop"
I bought a fan powered by USB
I found one in a good size. I feel like a flower in spring.
I made it!!!
It is like the exact size I made it for this machine. When powering from a notebook, it now looks like a high-tech kind of an equipment. Finally completed!
I think socks are dried very well
But... this is something wrong. I do not need a car part. The fan can have all the function. It is wired to power the machine, so I cannot move the car.
It is the same that the dryer also needs to be powered with a wire. I made a mistake completely at the beginning of the idea sketch.
I am stuck completely, so I will do it all over again. If I put socks on this car and move it, it means that the socks get winds relatively while moving.
Can you understand? If you cannot, please do not move until you understand this. No intermission.
How is this
On the basis of this method, I attached the socks directly. Completed! I thought, but this is completely trailing the socks. The washed socks will get dirty.
Let's think in a radical way. Rather than modifying the robot to dry the socks, I will find socks which are also able to be dried by this robot.
Please review again and again until you can understand it. When you take time, you would miss dinner today. This article may be tough for you, but it is also for you.
I go a baby products section without children.
I go to UNIQLO and buy small socks for babies.
A baby has small feet...
It's been a long long way, and I finally completed it.
I did it!!!
It runs very quickly on GIF animation
Can you see that socks are fluttering in the wind? I am sure they are receiving the wind. This is completed.
For children of the furture
I never expected that I made a machine useful for children. This is the real pleasure of making something. After making this machine, I keep thinking of the baby's feet getting cold, and my heart aches. I hope this robot will spread soon.