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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Another robotic chess player!

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Hi everyone,

There's such fascination about robots and computers playing chess and here's another project a chess fan has written to us about.

Arduino DIY-ers have built another chess project. This chess board looks like any chess board except the chess pieces are metallic and moved by a magnet below the board controlled by a robotic arm. The microcontroller controls stepper motors and servos which move the pieces between the squares. Sixty-four magnetically activated reed switches planted into the board allow the Arduino to track the location of each piece. The checkered board has to be a bit large to ensure smooth movement of the pieces between each other. But we don't know how it works when pieces are captured and have to be removed from the board.

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