In order to spark kid’s interest in robotics at an Illinois’ Boy Scout Jamboree, Engineer Dan Toborowski built this amazing accelerometer-controlled marble maze. Check it out:
I recently completed a project involving wireless control of a Parallax BOE-Bot using an accelerometer and decided to adapt this system to control a custom-built 2 axis maze assembly. Accelerometers can be demonstrated in many exciting ways and kids will likely be drawn to a demo considering the similarity to popular applications such as the Nintendo Wii. The goal of this project was to create an exciting game visitors can play while learning about sensors, microcontrollers, and hobby robotics. Looking ahead, I also have ambitions of one day incorporating vision software and equipment to allow the maze to solve itself.
[Via Team tOBOR]