Cubicle-dwellers rewarded for reflexes

[StudioJooj] is trying to torture or test his colleagues in his office. A lot of folks leave a candy jar on their desks for all to enjoy but he’s making his friends work for their reward. Like cubicle-dwelling lab subjects, they must successfully navigate his maze to be rewarded with chocolate. The game piece is an amazingly orb-like peanut M&M candy. The maze is constructed from plywood and moves on two axis with the help of a couple of servos. The user interface includes a couple of NES console buttons to release the game piece and a PS2 joystick to control the maze. [StudioJooj] was nice enough to include a music video in his project clip.

We wonder the M&Ms will disappear faster or slower than they would from a candy jar.

[via SparkFun]


  1. Pretoruous says:


    One problem: the candy falling down the fail ramp is still given to the user at the front of the maze. I would much rather see a clumsy coworker try again and again…

  2. Skitchin says:

    Youtube link is missing last letter

  3. Skitchin says:

    Sorry the embedded video is missing part of the URL.

  4. Mike Szczys says:

    Sorry about that! Fixed.

  5. Kris says:

    How about a fail ramp that puts the M&M back in the dispenser. Then you only get the reward for successful completion and you don’t have to keep reloading the dispenser as often.

  6. asdf says:

    The music sucks

  7. Amnon says:

    What do you say about putting a camera above and control the system with computer vision and maze solving algorithm?


  8. PocketBrain says:

    I was always disturbed by the M&M dispenser that spit an M&M out of its hip. Almost like it is feeding you its baby.

  9. mjrippe says:

    @ asdf Gotta agree with you there, but the build is pretty sweet (pun intended)!

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