Bethanie Fentiman is an 18 year old who, faced with delivering some A-level coursework, thought that she’d take inspiration from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorceror’s Stone and create a real-life version of Wizard Chess!
First of all, she used an Instructable to get her started. Then, she gathered together her materials: motors, wood, gears, an electromagnet, a chess set, a relay board and, of course, a Raspberry Pi. You can read more about the project here and you can see it in action below. Other videos are also available. It’s a tremendous achievement and Bethanie intends to carry on with it to get it to eventually play a full game!