Live Robot Hack Session

Treat-O-Matic 2020 Live Hack Part #3

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Let's make this Halloween contactless! With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Halloween is likely to look a bit different. To solve the issue of social distancing while giving out candy I figured, why not build a robot to do it!?! I'm going to hack a generic candy claw machine to dispense candy automatically to trick-or-treaters :D

Here's the plan this week:

  • Run a VNC program or remote desktop from my Laptop for easy access to the AtomicPi
  • Hack in an Arduino EZ-B
  • Hack in a Camera
  • Hack in a microphone
  • Hack in a proximity sensor
  • Hack in a PIR sensor
  • Design and 3D print a new cover plate for the spot where the Joysticks used to be

The idea is to have the trick-or-treaters be able to interact with the Treat-o-matic to have it dispense candy automatically for them. We'll need multiple ways to detect people and interact with them. The program and functionality aren't written or developed yet, that's where you come in! Help me with the ideas to make this dream come alive :D

I also have the alternate goal of embedding a computer running ARC within all my new robots, Computer-based robots are the future!

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