For those of us who have managed to get hold of the Google AIY Projects kit that came with The MagPi, it’s been a fun project with a lot of possibility for expansion. Someone called “The Arduino Guy” has taken the kit and extended it with an Arduino MEGA and a Particle Photon to make a candy dispenser. A wooden case holds all the components, which also include an LCD display. You press a button (or clap your hands) and command the machine to dispense candy. A short countdown later and out pop M&M-type sweets into your waiting cup. A great use of the kit (although I’m pretty sure it could be done more simply, and just with a Raspberry Pi without using the other boards).
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