December 16, 2014

Control your Arduino with a smile

With the right software on a host PC, your Arduino or compatible can be controlled via all sorts of methods - even a smile. This has been demonsntrated by Marianna Mezhibovskaya who uses smile-recognition software on a Mac and an Arduino to make a smile-controlled candy machine.

The software uses a webcam to determine if the subject is smiling - and if so, sends serial text via USB to the Arduino which takes action. In this case it controls the motor inside the candy machine to dispense some treats. This is shown in the following comedic video:

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