Some parting thoughts.
I used Brass rod for the antenna because it doesn't bend very easily.
camera was a Barbie "knock off" I bought at Walmart with an accessory pack. I paid a couple dollars and got a ton
of accessories from water bottles to cameras, watches, etc. Don't be afraid to cruise the "Pink Aisle", sometimes
some really great buys exist there!
I also saw a party favor pack of 2 or 3 video cameras at a .99 cent store. These
would work well and are surprisingly detailed.
The Laptop is an important accessory here. You have to be able
to control the robot somehow! I used a refrigerator magnet and removed the base and sound box. I drew a new screen display
for it in my Windows Paint program and added USDOC markings to the cover. Lately, Mattel has offered a few accessory packs
for Barbie that have an excellent laptop that is about half the size of the one I used. However, I would expect an EOD department
with limited funding would probably not have access to state-of-the-art equipment and would probably use the larger laptops.
After all it also has to remotely control the robot as well as perform computer functions.
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