Arduino-controlled robot arm is ready to play you in chess

Arduino TeamAugust 15th, 2020

If you’re tired of playing chess on a screen, then perhaps you could create a “real life” chess robot like Michalsky’s augmented board. The build runs micro-Max source code, enabling chess logic to be executed on an Arduino Mega with room for control functions for a 6DOF robotic arm.

The setup uses magnetic pieces, allowing it to pick up human moves via an array of 64 reed switches underneath, along with a couple shift registers. The Mega powers the robot arm accordingly, lifting the appropriate piece and placing it in the correct square to challenge its human opponent.

You can get a look at the project, with gameplay demonstration, in Michalsky’s video below.

Source: Arduino Blog