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2020-09-29 8:06:44 PM  
Not what I was picturing, but it is a neat concept! lucky kids.

Plus, fewer lawsuits than a High-Capacity, Assault-style candy launcher...
 
2020-09-29 8:10:23 PM  
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2020-09-29 8:13:31 PM  
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2020-09-29 8:14:20 PM  
Good for him

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A slingshot would've worked too
 
2020-09-29 8:17:13 PM  
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2020-09-29 8:34:38 PM  
I just want a porch extending over my garage that has ceiling fans
 
2020-09-29 8:40:51 PM  
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2020-09-29 9:12:37 PM  
I don't know if I'd trust a robot to deliver candy. Aren't they usually stealing old people's medicine?
 
2020-09-30 2:33:44 AM  

Number 216: Good for him

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A slingshot would've worked too


Slingshot? Gobstoppers
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I've also always wondered if they'd work in the smaller-caliber paintball guns, but never had an opportunity to test it myself
 
2020-09-30 7:51:13 AM  
If you have to operate it with a remote control it's not a robot.
Just sayin
 
2020-09-30 7:54:57 AM  
Doesn't it defeat the purpose of social distancing if they end up eating the candy that you were handling a few minutes before?
 
2020-09-30 8:14:30 AM  

FirstDennis: If you have to operate it with a remote control it's not a robot.
Just sayin


I've always told my kids that the automatic doors at grocery stores and traffic lights are robots, and at intersections we would look for the control box. I expanded on the idea when I remembered in the game Marathon the Artifical Intelligence were assigned jobs like "door opening" and verbally abused to keep them from getting too uppity. Now we thank the robots when they help us, if only so they will spare us when the robots rise up and go "rampant"
 
2020-09-30 10:45:24 AM  
Wow, milestone reached, I made Fark!

"A slingshot would've worked too" - well, I did make a cannon...

"If you have to operate it with a remote control it's not a robot.
Just sayin" - yeah, I hear that a lot.  I originally started with him being autonomous, but I'm just a guy in his garage and quickly learned that some sonar sensors and a camera are not enough to make a human-sized robot safe around kids.  But hey, if you got any code to share that can help me out - I'm all for it.  In the meantime, I'm making my small-sized robot autonomous instead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSDMH​a​xLzS4
 
2020-09-30 10:48:40 AM  

SuperChuck: Doesn't it defeat the purpose of social distancing if they end up eating the candy that you were handling a few minutes before?


For Halloween, the candy will be pre-packaged into ziplock bags days before and kept in a temperature-controlled environment.  Then we'll be using gloves and masks to transfer the candy bags from their storage (we bought a big witches cauldron that we'll put in the back of my truck) to the robot, and then driving the robot over.
 
2020-09-30 10:49:59 AM  

morg: I don't know if I'd trust a robot to deliver candy. Aren't they usually stealing old people's medicine?


that's why you buy insurance from Sam Waterson
 
2020-09-30 11:14:00 AM  

Wine Sipping Elitist: traffic lights are robots, and at intersections we would look for the control box


Man you just made me feel old. In the early 1970s the traffic lights by my grandparents' Brooklyn apartment building still had the old school control boxes. My grandfather taught me how to listen to the gears (or whatever) that changed the light. I remember being fascinate by that.
 
2020-09-30 11:41:35 AM  

lukeyes: "If you have to operate it with a remote control it's not a robot.
Just sayin" - yeah, I hear that a lot.  I originally started with him being autonomous, but I'm just a guy in his garage and quickly learned that some sonar sensors and a camera are not enough to make a human-sized robot safe around kids.  But hey, if you got any code to share that can help me out - I'm all for it.


I don't have a full code but please don't forget this part:

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2020-09-30 12:07:10 PM  
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2020-09-30 7:34:01 PM  
You can see the wires in the lower part; any humidity, rain or lawn sprinkler and you might have a Short Circuit.
 
2020-09-30 7:36:19 PM  

Wine Sipping Elitist: FirstDennis: If you have to operate it with a remote control it's not a robot.
Just sayin

I've always told my kids that the automatic doors at grocery stores and traffic lights are robots


The South Africans would like a word with you.

/and my confused face when instructed to make a turn at the robot
 
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