October 24, 2013

Build an Arduino-controlled Marble Maze

Marble mazes can be a lot of fun for younger children, or adults testing their coordination - however after a few attempts fixed designs can lose their appeal. An interesting way to keep things fresh and also work with an Arduino is to make your own version using a LEGO baseplate controlled by an Arduino with two servos, one for each axis. This has been demonstrated quite well by Instructables user "CarlS" in the following video:

One of the benefits of using an Arduino for control is that you can not only adjust the path of the marble on a whim, the electronic control can also be altered to provide a slow or fast response to the user's requests - thus adjusting the difficulty of each game. Certainly a lot of fun, so visit the project Instructable to get started. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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