Live Robot Hack Session

Treat-O-Matic 2020 Live Hack Part #5

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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

Here's the plan this week:

  • Run Remote desktop from Laptop to the AtomicPi
  • Hack in a Camera
  • Hack in a PIR sensor
  • Test all the hardware and make the next steps on the program

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

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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Hello to those interested in this live hack, due to some unforeseen circumstances I had to work from home today. I decided I would purchase some equipment from Amazon to allow me to stream from home but it seems that it will arrive late. They may still stay true to their 9pm guarantee but it will likely arrive after my scheduled start time. The weather may be delaying things as well, it’s snowing here.

I will push the stream until 9pm but if the equipment doesn’t make it, I’ll have to postpone likely until Sunday night.


Got the equipment! Setting it up now


probably be a few mins late, just finishing up installing a few things:D

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Thanks Jeremie,

Can we talk,

How is it going?


Sure, if it's general chat you can get me on here, if you'd like to contact me personally you can reach at my username  @


Ha ha very cool Jer,sorry I missed that live hack will need to watch that now,looks like fun project as Halloween was really dead here nobody was out at all from what I could see this year.