More details on the mechanics. The frame has been made from the cover of a discarded CD-ROM drive. The frame had been cut using metal scissors. Bras tubes have been soldered to the frame in order to form the middle joint.
The whiskers are made from guitar string, mounted to paper-detect switches that had a previous life in a fax machine.
The mublock microcontrollerboard uses a bootloader, similar to the arduino but smaller. In order to pre-program this bootloader, the atmel AVR-ISP interface is present on the board too. It is a 6 pin edge connector. In order to connect with the AVR-ISP dongle, you could simply solder flatcable on and take it off afterwards. A better solution can be made from contact springs from an ethernet-connector, soldered to a 6pin micromatch connector. While uploading the bootloader you can simply press this programmer on the board.