August 1, 2012 AT 1:00 am

Digilympics 2012 – Tweet Your Country to Victory

Samuel Cox put together this cool LEGO Minifig race powered by Twitter and an Adafruit Motor Shield.

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.

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!

Uses our Adafruit Motor/Stepper/Servo Shield for Arduino kit – v1.0!


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1 Comment

  1. OK … that green embroidered outfit on the Canadian is just way too Bavarian. You’d do well to end up in third place as well competing in Lederhosen. :)

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