Cookie Cheater



Years ago, I was asked to design a puzzle solver for 7th Guest in an interview. It was remarkable how job relevant that question would be. They later asked me to automate browsers, email, phones, etc.

These scripts could hypnotize you - I'd turn the monitors so people could watch. Folks referred to the scripts by name in conversation like they were rascal ghosts. Some of these ghosts had accounts with higher security access than me.

I once automated Halo multiplayer - for some contest. I fastened the Xbox controller to a shiatsu massager, and made the worlds worst bot - it didn't win. Although it too was fascinating to watch as it randomly unloaded rounds and grenades.

This is my first AppleScript - I'd worked in Windows shops. Cookie Clicker, like Automation, is a game of escalation. One click, ten clicks, hundred clicks, thousand clicks... Eventually this capitalist escalation demands a change in approach. 

"Just make it click", they say. Clicks are the gateway drug of business process automation.

Project: Robot Jeep

version 0.3
Update #3: The new frame is 4mm bitbeam plate printed in PLA-plus, which is great because it's metric now. And I have an arduino, motor-shield, and usb battery installed - had to dial-in more power to the motors. Experimentally, 5-volt at 1-amp was only enough juice to run one (type-130) motor.

I tested a fancy E-Flite 7.4-volt LiPo battery (and charger) in this video. The smaller EC2 power connectors are also nice. With the controller set to random movement, heat-sink temp peaked at 140, which is good since the whole thing melts at 205. Looks like the 114:1 gear ratio is still too fast.

The treads are not tracking smoothly - I'm getting binds and clicks around the front sprocket. I need to widen and align the front axle, and maybe print another track design. I'd rather not sand these smooth - maybe I can wear them in. =)


version 0.2
Update #2: I've added a lightweight and inexpensive Tamiya Double Gearbox under the controller - setup for a 114:1 gear-ratio. The Tamiya axle was a quarter-inch too short, so I printed a new sprocket-wheel with axle extension. I'm using a simple friction-fit to the hex-bar rear axle.


version 0.1
Here I test-fitted these 3d-printed tank-treads, and a (temporary) Parallax controller. This project was inspired by the "RC MB Jeep in 1:10" and "Simple Arduino Tank" out on Thingiverse. I've often daydreamed building a full-size jeep out in the garage - so I hope this build can scratch that itch.

Near-term, I'd like simple radio-control and a first-person-view (FPV) camera. Long-term, I'll swap-in a Arduino controller with Android, RobotOS, vision, self-navigation - the whole enchilada.