If you remember the awesome Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots from days gone by you might be interested in a new five-day social media fundraising campaign “KO Bots” to benefit L.A. Kitchen.
If you fancy yourself as a Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robot champion you will be able to control either the red or blue robots using your smartphone by sending Tweets
L.A. Kitchen explains a little more about the fundraising campaign and how you can become involved this holiday season :
The symbolic fight, of course. These two titans of yesteryear have come together for a five day slugfest with a higher purpose. From December 19th -23rd, we are live streaming KO Bots, the first charity boxing match in which the action is entirely decided by tweets!
To close out a rather taxing year, the team at Friendly Vengeance has teamed up with L.A. Kitchen in an effort to Knock Out Injustice. We invite you to join us and take part in closing out this year on a high note by supporting L.A. Kitchen in its mission to reveal the power of food and the power of the community!
To detect a popped up head, we attached a photoresistor below the chin and set a threshold for determining when the bot is “knocked out.” A Python script searches for #RedBot and #BlueBot, and then sends integers to the Arduino to randomize punches via USB serial communication. If a bot’s knocked out, it sends a number back to the Python script to tally a KO on the site.
L.A. Kitchen does not present itself as a hunger relief organization. While the organization does help to bring food to populations in need, it is by no means a food bank. L.A. Kitchen was founded by Robert Egger as a means of fighting injustice in its many forms through a number of food-centered programs. These programs serve to reduce food waste, create jobs and provide proper nutrition to those in need. The approach takes on institutional issues including homelessness, ageism and recidivism.