July 09, 2013

Play "Robot finds Kitten" with Arduino

 If you're looking for something to distract yourself from some real work, or to keep someone else busy, then the following by Nick Shvelidze could do the job. They've created a version of the "Robot finds kitten" game that runs on an Arduino and uses a PC for the display. Apparently this is a form of Zen simulation, however the jury is out on that claim. Nevertheless playing simply involves moving a robot around on the screen which is controlled by four buttons connnected to digital inputs on the Arduino, and the display is via a putty terminal emulator on the PC. This allows the Arduino can create the game display using serial text, for example:

Not the most productive use, however an interesting example of how an Arduino can create graphical displays on a PC using ASCII characters. For complete instructions and the required sketch, head over to Nick's github page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

If you're new to Arduino and want to join the fun, the first step is a solid board for your projects - our Freetronics Eleven - the Arduino-Uno compatible with low-profile USB socket, onboard prototyping space and easy to view LEDs:


Nick Shvelidze said:

Hi! I had no idea about this post, I’m excited

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