There does not seem to be much news concerning Flappy Bird these days, especially after the creator of the game, Dong Nguyen, decided to remove it “for our own good”. Well, just in case you so happen to own a device that is still capable of playing Flappy Bird because the game itself has already been installed, what is your high score? You might be feeling all smug about it, but have you actually tried to measure your performance against others? How about coming up against a robot opponent? Humans vs robots are always interesting matchups, pretty much like a GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) debates, such as this table tennis playing robot who will go up against a human in due time. Liu Yang and Shi Xuekun of China are the brains behind this robot prototype that plays Flappy Bird pretty well. How well, you ask?
For starters, it will rely on a webcam in order to detect the pipes on the screen, where there will then be an Arduino board which can control an arm. This arm will be used to tap the touchscreen display of your Flappy Bird hosting device with a touch pen. The entire process of creating the robot took a mere 4 days (!), and these brilliant folk intend to perfect the robot even further by increasing its accuracy.
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