Oh, dominoes — the fun of knocking them down is inversely proportional to the pain of setting them all up again. [DIY Machines] is saving loads of time by automating the boring part with a remote control domino-laying machine. If only it could pick them back up.
This machine can be driven directly over Bluetooth like an R/C car, or programmed to follow a predetermined path via Arduino code. Here’s how it works: an Arduino Uno drives two servos and one motor. The 1:90 geared motor drives the robot around using a 180° servo to steer. A continuous servo turns the carousel, which holds nearly 140 dominoes. We love that the carousel is designed to be hot-swappable, so you can keep a spare ready to go.
[DIY Machines] really thought of everything. Every dozen or so dominoes, the machine leaves a gap in case one of the dominoes is tipped prematurely. There are also a couple of accessories for it, like a speedy domino loading stick and a fun little staircase bridge to add to your domino creations. Though all the machine files are freely available, [DIY Machines] requests a small donation for the accessories files. Check out the complete build video after the break, followed by a bonus video that focuses on upgrading the machine with an HM10 Bluetooth module for controlling it directly with a phone.
This certainly isn’t the first domino-laying device we’ve seen, though it might be the most accessorized. [Matthias Wandel]’s version uses only one motor to move and deal the dominoes.
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As per recently thought up tradition, you now have to fight Lewin to see whose article stays up… https://hackaday.com/2021/01/01/domino-layer-lets-you-focus-on-toppling/
RW, are you playing dominoes with HAD Articles?
Gosh, again. It´s time to resurrect fidgets spinners and Brian.
Another dupe. Gets more like Slashdot every day.
It needs a mode where after the dominoes get knocked down it automatically goes out and stands them back up, then knocks them down again, then… ad infinitum, provided a charging dock or better yet tethered power is added.
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