Man creates real life Twitch Plays by letting the internet drive robots around his house

You can even make the robots talk by typing words—hopefully nice ones—into a chat pane.

"I have turned my home into a game by allowing all internet users to drive around with RasPi based robots. You can drive now. Been working on this a while." So reads a reddit post by Rick Giuly, and he's not kidding. Visit runmyrobot.com and you can control one of several camera-equipped Raspberry Pi-enabled bots in Giuly's home by clicking on simple controls in your browser. You can even make the robots talk by typing into a chat window.

The issue? Well, there's dozens of other people trying to control the same bots at the same time, which makes the endeavor reminiscent of a 'Twitch Plays' gaming experiment. Mainly, the robots just lurch forward and back or jerk side to side due to all the concurrent commands being entered.

Still, it's a pretty cool experiment, not to mention a extremely brave one, allowing the internet at large to look into your home, scoot around it, and say inappropriate comments in a tinny robot voice. I made one robot say "Come with me if you want to live," and tried to nudge what looked like a bowling ball in a poor approximation of Rocket League. I just hope Giuly has a pet gate set up so none of the bots can roll into his bathroom.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The first PC game Chris owned was Choplifter in 1982, and since then our staff writer has played at least three other games. He has a love/hate relationship with Early Access survival games and an odd fascination with the lives of NPCs.
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