Here at PopSci we're always looking for the best and baddest in robotics news. But this week -- National Robotics Week -- we're ratcheting up our coverage, highlighting some of the most thought-provoking, future-driven concepts in robo-tech each day.
There are two things that are universally true about Tetris: that Russian-style theme music is impossible to get out of your head, and everybody loves Tetris. Which is why we had to take a moment to highlight the Tetris-Bot, a simple PC gaming robot patched together from a digital evaluation module (EVM), a web cam and a Lego Mindstorms robot kit.
The cam is positioned in front of the screen, where it gathers visual data that it feeds to the EVM. The EVM -- the brains of the operation -- puts those data inputs through a series of algorithms, providing an output command to the Mindstorm assembly positioned over the keyboard. It's not perfect, but who's ever played a perfect game of Tetris?
As you check out Tetris-Bot in action below, don't fail to note that the toys of today are so sophisticated that they're playing with the futuristic toys of yesteryear.
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This looks kind of cool.
AWWWW man! This is awesome! I want a Tetris robot! I love the fact that is the most old school version of Tetris I've ever seen. This piece reminds me of another video that i saw recently about Lego Robots. It was about middle school and high school science olympiads where students build Lego Robots to do some pretty amazing things. I'll post a link if you want to see them in action for yourself. I'm mot sure about you but Lego Robots are pretty much the best toy/ thing in existence. If you disagree I'd love to hear about something better!
That's pretty good. How do you think it could do at Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Galaxian, or Frogger?
how long until it can play halo?
The reason why this can play tetris is by a basic computer AI, think of the computer of your favorite game playing in your shoes it is only as good as it is programmed Not bad though i like the use of legos i've built a camera bot out of those,worked great but it was stepped on LOL!
oh And by the way i have mastered tetris i would face that bot anyday