June 17, 2024

A TikToker gets a sudden jump scare after Twitch viewers take control of a robot arm

Published: 2023-07-19T01:40:04

Updated: 2023-07-19T01:40:20

An ‘engineer turned content creator’, Jake Creates decided to see what would happen if they gave Twitch viewers control of a knife-wielding robot arm.

As Twitch chat has grown more powerful in recent years, we’ve seen a wide variety of innovative streams that give control to those watching live.

From the early days of ‘Pokémon Twitch Plays’, to the modern era of AI-generated shows emerging from ideas in Twitch chat, even to improvisational live shows with streamers feeding commands from the audience, there has been plenty of creativity in the space.

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Diving head first into the world of streaming, young Created by TikToker Jake They showcased their engineering background in a new way earlier this week: Giving Twitch viewers complete control over a robotic arm equipped with a pointed blade.

Aptly titled ‘Twitch – Arm’, Jake spent just over two hours coding functions for a robot arm in his bedroom. While this robot arm could be controlled for all sorts of beneficial reasons, they chose instead to attach a knife to the end. The target in focus, helpless balloon.

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Viewers watching live were able to type different commands into the chat. Mainly, these controlled the movement of the hand, because fans could drag its motion vertically and horizontally, even controlling its extension as well.

Keeping themselves out of harm’s way, the streamer was out of frame to the side when the audience finally got their moment. The knife touched the balloon, scaring the drifter in the process.

“They scared me more than I thought it was going to,” they joked after suddenly screaming.

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Immediately moving to disconnect the robot from its power source now that the target was gone, Jake assured the audience that they ‘couldn’t hurt them’ with the powerful tool they had created.

Although it seems that this sharp hand of destruction is only the beginning of what Jake Creates has in mind when it comes to live streaming engineering feats.

Known for their quirky innovations on TikTok, with everything from a robotic plant to a toaster-based gaming controller going viral on the platform, they already have one big idea for a future Twitch stream. Balancing the equipment, Jake joked that Twitch viewers will “finally” get control of a Nerf gun.

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