Showing posts with label arduino. Show all posts
Showing posts with label arduino. Show all posts

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Getting tangible feedback from Angry Birds... using this Arduino force feedback USB custom controller

{sound + design} - Super Angry Birds – a Tangible Controller {+ hack}

Super Angry Birds is a force feedback USB controller for Angry Birds that simulates the feeling of a slingshot. All the controls found in the game are available in this device. You can control the pull, the angle, and of course trigger the special power of the bird.

We hacked a motorized fader found in audio mixing consoles to create the force feedback. If you are interested, you can read the paper. Basically, the way we achieved this is by drawing a force curve and storing the values in a table, then we send the current position of the slider through the table and extract the value to send to the motor that applies an opposing force. You can check this in action in the “How it Works” part of the video.

We programmed in Max/MSP and Arduino. For controlling the hardware, we used an Arduino-based microcontroller called Music & Motors (check the photo below on the right) developed by CIID.


Awesome. That might be enough to get me started playing Angry Birds... maybe...

(via - Angry Birds Controller)

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Minestation - An open source Ardunio weather station for your Minecraft world

HackADay - Minestation – An external weather display for your Minecraft world

"If you’re a big Minecraft fan, the folks at [radikaldesign] have something that might be of interest to you. (Translation) Inspired by some of their Minecraft-loving friends, they have developed Minestation – a weather station for your Minecraft game.

The concept is simple. Here in the real world we have the ability to look out the window and see what it is like outside, but many of us turn to digital weather stations, the Weather Channel, or the local news to get the real scoop. They decided that the world of Minecraft should be no different, so they constructed an Arduino shield that allows players to see weather conditions as they play.


"We love to play Minecraft and we also love domestic weather stations. So, why don’t connect a weather station in order to display the weather from the Minecraft’s world that we’re currently playing? it sounds crazy but we think that it could be a really funny thing to be able to predict if it will rain, thundering or snow in advance while we’re exploring, building or caving in Minecraft. So, Minestation is this: a simple weather station that “predicts” the virtual weather from Minecraft. Also it shows a virtual clock, calendar and GPS, maybe interesting for those people who want to meet in a particular place at the same time.

Minestation is an open hardware project: it’s a handy shield that works right with your Arduino. It’s easy to build, play and hack with it (and we think it’s really cheap if you’re planning to buy it).




That's just all kinds of cool...

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

No more Coffee Thieves with the RFID secured Keurig

Hack A Day - Securing your Keurig with RFID

"[Andrew Robinson] and his co-workers are lucky enough to have a Keurig coffee maker in their office, though they have a hard time keeping track of who owes what to the community coffee fund. Since K-Cups are more expensive than bulk coffee, [Andrew] decided that they needed a better way to log everyone’s drinking habits in order to know who needs to cough up the most cash at the end of the month.

He started by tearing down the Keurig B40, making note of the various PCBs inside while identifying the best way to go about hacking the device. The coffee maker is controlled by a PIC, and rather than try to re-engineer things from the bottom up, he left the core of the machine intact and focused on the control panel instead.

He disconnected all of the unit’s buttons from the control board, routing them through an Arduino before reconnecting them to the machine. This essentially rendered the machine inoperable unless triggered by the Arduino, giving [Andrew] control over the brewing process. He wired in an RFID reader from SparkFun, then got busy coding his security/inventory system. Now, when someone wants coffee, they merely need to swipe their office access card over the machine, which enables the use of its control panel.



You've got to love hardware hackers. Now what he needs to do is hook up a Kinect w/ Kinect SDK to get positions and a picture (for verification purposes of course) and... and... and... LOL

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Some marketing, you've just got to love...



I don't usually do posts like this, highlighting a storefront, but I saw this and loved it (could it be that my current reading of an awesome zombie book, Married with Zombies, is impacting my judgment a bit?... lol ;)

Monday, August 15, 2011

MAKE'ing the LOL Shield with Super Sylvia

MAKE: - Super Awesome Sylvia Shows How to Build the LOL Shield Kit

"Super Awesome Sylvia is back with an all new video about the LOL Shield! Take it away, Sylvia!

For this build, we’re laughing out loud at how many LEDs we’re going to solder in for the LOL (Lots of LEDs) Shield by our good buddy, Jimmie Rodgers! Let’s go!
For this blinky build, we’ll need:

  • The LOL Shield kit from the Maker Shed
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • An Arduino
  • A Computer
  • A USB Cable
  • Wire snips
  • And last but not least, a vice or helper hands (not required, but really useful!)

First, get yourself a nice clear workspace and carefully dump out the contents of the kit. There’s a lot of LEDs in there! I mean a LOT! Take all your parts and lay them out. You should have one PCB, 133 itty bitty LEDs, and one 36 pin header strip. The LEDs are first, so get that soldering iron hot!



That's just awesome on so many levels...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

You Wake? Prove it! Alarm Clock where you have to play Tetris to prove you’re awake…

Instructables: exploring - featured - Alarm Clock with Tetris to Prove You're Awake

“This is an Arduino powered alarm clock that after hitting snooze twice the alarm will not cancel until the user has cleared 4 lines in the game Tetris. You physically turn the clock sideways, so the screen is vertical, to play Tetris. It's never fun to wake up in the morning but playing a little Tetris is at least somewhat enjoyable and quite effective.


Feel free to vote for me in the microcontroller contest if you like my project. It would appear that contest might be specific to making things move. So what does this move? It moves the student who stayed up too late doing homework, it moves the parent with a new born child, it moves the Instructables author who was compelled to finish their project against all common sense. It moves what can often be the most immoveable of objects... you.



That’s just awesome… I know a few people where this could come in handy. :|