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AirMaze: Maze Game with a twist

AirMaze, a new twist (literally) on the Maze Game

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AirMaze: accelerometer / transmitter assembly, receiver display unit and, of course, the original Maze Game

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AirMaze: closeup of the accelerometer and 2.4GHz transmitter assembly, repackaged for inserting into stuffed toy

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AirMaze: closeup of the display unit showing one of the training mazes

The AirMaze idea started from a conversation with Shirley Lee, a recreation professional who organizes activities and programs for seniors in long-term care.  One of Shirley’s specialties is in multi-sensory stimulation, aka Snoezelen. She expressed the need for interesting and engaging rehabilitation activities for the elderly and stroke victims to help in recovering and/or strengthening hand-eye coordination and was fascinated with the Maze Game.

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Arduino NANO and FTDI boards: FT232R drivers not installing…

A couple of weeks ago I received an “FT232R driver installation failure” notification when connecting a USB cable to one of my FTDI boards (see below) that I use with Arduino Pro Mini boards and discrete Atmega328 chips. As this had been working previously, not surprisingly, I immediately concluded that the hardware had failed and put the unit aside. Later the same day, I tried to upload some new software onto one of my Arduino Nano boards and received the same message that the “FT232R” USB drivers for the board had failed to load. Ah ha! Something was afoot!

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