Carnival Arm: Overview

We performed the project with the intent of applying some of what was learned throughout the semester. It was originally conceived with the idea of using a servo motor and sensors, at which point it was only a question of how to use them in a practical way. We decided on a carnival game (of sorts) that involves placing a ball on a rotating slide and aiming it toward an opening to a buzzer sensor/shock sensor combination. If the player hits the buzzer, a random number generator determines whether the buzzer goes off (win) or does nothing (loss). In other words, the game relies on a combination of skill and chance. In true carnival game fashion, the player gets three chances to to make the buzzer go off. We used two computers, two microcontrollers, two breadboards, a shock sensor, a passive buzzer, a servo motor, foam golf balls, and a variety of household items