As the red licorice wars rage on inextinguishably, it appears that Team Red Vines has a new advantage over Team Twizzlers—[TVMiller]’s voice activated, room-tracking, catapult-launching, magazine reloading Arduino licorice launcher.
Hacking and snacking often go hand in hand. They go together even better if you have a robot that can throw a tasty treat to you on command. That’s the dream behind this candy catapult. We’ve featured quite a few of [TVMiller]’s projects in the past, so we know he spends a lot of time hacking. So, how does this licorice launcher work to him keep going?
Like we said, it’s voice activated. The robot answers to ‘Jacob’ and acts upon hearing the words ‘red vine’. Jacob locks on to the direction of the voice and turns himself to face it. Then he launches the payload. Since Jacob is magazine-reloading, there’s always a Red Vine in the chamber for [TVMiller]’s snack attacks. After the launch, the licorice at the bottom of the stack drops into a slot in the receiving cradle. A twist of the cradle loads it into the trebuchet. Watch Jacob slay a craving after the break.
A candy dispenser that makes you answer trivia questions correctly before giving up the goods is about as far away from ‘Jacob, Red Vine’ as you can get, but at least you’ll feel more like you’ve earned it.