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This is the ideal solution if your garden
doesn't have space for a full-size maze.
It consists of three sections of
passageway and a very fast-moving robot
crane. You enter a passageway, walk to the
corner and turn the corner. As you
approach the next corner, the robot crane
disconnecting the first section
of passageway, recentering the whole
structure in the middle of the maze area
and getting ready to attach this piece of
passageway plus a corner connector to the
This could, effectively, appear to
be an infinitely big maze so there would
probably have to be some sort of time
limit on usage to prevent starvation and
fatigue and death.
corner pieces and junction pieces are
available as an upgrade.
[xenzag, Nov 09 2021]
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Nov 09 2021]
Not a robot crane, but moving units. [neutrinos_shadow, Nov 09 2021]
Since you already have cranes in place, emulating the superbats would be possible. The bottomless pits and bendy arrows might present more challenges. [pertinax, Nov 09 2021]
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||I think that the robot crane is unnecessarrily complexicated. I think that the options can be preprogrammed in such a way as to only require a certain configuration of additional corridor units. There could be hinged sections like a jacobs ladder which swing into place according to the predefined generic algorithms;
||The infinite pool approach. Interesting. Alternatively you
could pull this off with a VR headset or Google Glass as long as
the participant obeyed the directional rules.
||Bonus points if it includes random noise samplings from
||When I get five minutes, I'll post a pic a piece of
work I did some time ago entitled Unamazing.
||Presumably there is a multi-directional travelator under your
feet? Otherwise, space constraints will still mean your options
are either (a) persistently circular maze or (b) running into the
hedge / fence / bins problem.
||I'm thinking you'd need calum's idea to make this
work. A floor made up of free rolling little balls or
something so you could walk in place, change
direction etc all in a confined space while still
full stride steps.
||Then have the maze just be made of pop up
Then you're talking.
||I proposed using the robot crane to recentre the whole maze
but actually as [calum] and [Dr R. Emulac III] suggest, a
floor of rollers or something might make this easier. I
also really like the 'Jacob's Ladder'-style folding
proposed by [pocmloc] - a very elegant solution
||Aha, a reading comprehension fail. Doubly embarrassing as I
read through the idea the idea thrice, as it seemed
extraordinarily unlikely that hippo had committed a blunder
such as the one I pointed out. Indeed, I wondered on the third
erroneous read through, if this "blunder" was part of the joke,
and by pointing out the joke like a dullard, I was instead
making myself the joke, falling into a trap like a dolt - no such
luck, alas, it is simply that I cannot fucking read.
||^ dont worry[calum] I have that problem , too. I
read over and over but sometimes the way the
words go into the brain, it just does not calculate.
||I Wonder what would happen if a person ran faster
than the crane moved along?
||You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. No, really,
very alike indeed, because they are the same passages.
||I wonder whether a wumpus could be hunted within this garden.
||//You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike//
- with a childhood spent playing text-based adventure
computer games, that phrase was in my mind too...
||This idea reminds me of a game I used to play with my kids when they were young called The Amazing Labyrinth.
The maze itself remains the same size but constantly changes each turn as the next player pushes in a new section of maze which slides the entire row causing the end piece to exit. That piece is then fed into the maze by the next player, and so on.
||//alas, it is simply that I cannot fucking read.//
||Yea, me neither, don't sweat it. I'll read something
3 times and say "I have no idea what I just read."
||I love one poster here that I haven't seen in a while
I have yet to understand a single idea from. Don't
want to name names, but they're a fixture here,
have been for years.
||Regulars know who I'm talking about. Twenty or
thirty paragraphs, many people get what the idea
is but I never do. Again, seems like a very nice and
creative person they're just on a higher plane than
||George has been naughty put him in the maze. Program the path to have an exit only after 1/2 an hour, but tell him if he finds the exit punishment is over.