2012 is not only the year of the Olympics, but also the launch of the first ever ‘Digilympics’, a twitter-powered race for sporting success where you determine the outcome. Four Lego athletes move down a physical racetrack as fans Tweet their team to move them further towards the finish line.
A Processing sketch scans the Twitter account of each country for any ‘@’ replies. Any new replies are passed to an Arduino with 4 motors attached, one for each team. The motors spin and advance each team forward in response to tweets received. An infra-red beam detects the country reaching the finishing line first and signals for the reset of a new race.
According to the standings, USA is in the lead!