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Grab some toys for charity with this internet connected claw game

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Anyone with some free time on their hands this Christmas should head over to Liberty Games' website and help grab some toys for charity.

The UK provider of gaming machines has hooked up the classic claw crane arcade machine to a Raspberry Pi computer and webcam and wants you to control it.

By using the arrow keys on your keyboard, you can move the claw and try to pick up stuffed toys, from dogs to Father Christmas himself.

Each toy has a price attached to it. Successfully nab a prize and Liberty Games will donate that amount to St Mungo's Broadway.

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The homelessness charity helps provide a bed and support for more than 2,500 people a night.

Grabbing a bear will net the charity £5, while a dog gets them £10, a reindeer £15, and Santa £20.

The project is running until December 23 is streaming on Liberty Games' website right now.

"The Pi is our go-to piece of kit when we want to have fun with anything electronic," said the company on their site.

"Using the awesome PiFace and PiRack we were able to code up an API for the crane allowing us to control all of its functions remotely, and to get feedback when a game was over or a prize was scored."

"Of course, as this is all for a good cause, we've set it to maximum generosity."

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