Finite Racetrack is an altered toy racetrack, made to convey a concept. It challenges you to drive 10 laps as quickly as possible. Racers are presented with a dilemma, as they are using the same battery - they have to balance their usage to reach the end. But... what will happen when one of them won't? It's the Tragedy of the Commons, simplified.
The Tragedy of the Commons
The Tragedy of the Commons, is the concept that a shared resource is usually exhausted because users will act on their own self-interest and will use as much as they can. Even though it’s bad for all the users when the resource is depleted. It originates from an essay by Garrett Hardin, "Tragedy of the Commons" was which was first published in the magazine Science in 1968. A recognizable modern example is that of fisheries. A fisherman can make a bigger profit by fishing more. The problem is that when too many fishermen are going to do that, the fish population will run out, which will affect them all. Garrett Hardin tells us that it cannot be solved by technical means, it requires a change in the behavior of people.
More info: Wikipedia: Tragedy of the commons.
This was my personal project during my Internship at the Spullenmannen.
It's realized simulating a battery using a Arduino alternative (Ottantotto). I programmed it in a way it keeps a virtual power level that is decreased when the pistons are pressed. When this power level is low the power to the racecars will be limited, therefore restraining the cars. This all was possible using electronics, which I learned mostly during this internship.