The screen that we watch TV on at home has build-in speakers, but, because it’s actually a computer display, hasn’t got an infrared receiver. This made it impossible to set the volume with the TV receiver remote. I recently bought some Stellaris LaunchPad development boards and figured this was the perfect opportunity to make something useful with one.
In the fall of 2011, the University of Waterloo Computer Science Club organized their artificial intelligence (AI) challenge for the fourth time. The goal of the challenge is to write a computer program (a so called bot) that solves an simple to explain, yet hard to solve problem as good as possible. Below, I explain the challenge and discuss my bot, with which I finished 53rd out of 7897.