A charming Arduino king cobra game

cobra

Here’s a fun game from [A.J.]’s lab. It’s a simulated king cobra made from an Arduino, an ultrasonic sensor, and a servo. The aim of the game is to grab a ball in front of the device without being ‘bitten’ by the thumbtack attached to a drinking straw controlled by a servo. You know, just like a real king cobra.

There’s no schematic or build plans for this project, but it looks easy enough to cobble together. Despite its simplicity, this game looks hilariously fun, and could quite possibly provide more entertainment through using the machine rather than simply building it.

No text description of this game can do it justice, so check out the video below. It looks like a lot of fun, and if you already have the parts in a bin somewhere, it’ll make a great weekend build.

22 thoughts on “A charming Arduino king cobra game

  1. I’m guessing that some people just weren’t satisfied
    after putting their fingers in the teachers big stapler.
    XD

    1. Very good point. I did mention though, that the tip was dulled so as not to transmit such vile diseases. I would not recommend actually stabbing through skin unless you are all family… and respectable family at that! ;)

    1. Yes indeed. Just a matter of re-aiming the setup so that doesn’t happen. I’m adding some code that will force the snake to fully retract after a full downward plummet.

  2. Not to complain but unless there is a neurotoxin on that thumb tack it ain’t no cobra game, besides that though it’s great.

  3. Wuss.
    Make that straw a wooden ruler, and a pair of 1-inch nails for the fangs. Better yet, use a pantograph [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantograph] to extend the reach…
    Early warning would be to shake a rattle – presto! Rattlesnake game.

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