December 10, 2013

Experimenting with worms and Arduino

As part of a university project, Eric Hamilton and Katie Staples have created a device that stimulates a worm to travel across four quadrants of a larger square as a goal for a different type of board game titled "Worms in Space". The worm does most of the work, and is motivated to move across each quadrant by human-controlled LEDs and servos operate the door to the next quadrant when required. 

The worms presence is detected with an interesting form of touch detection, which are used to control the doors between each quadrant of the board - as demonstrated in the following video:

After completing the journey around the larger board, the worm receives a food treat so we don't feel completely sorry for it. Nevertheless it's an interesting and different use for an Arduino, so visit the project page to learn more.  And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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