Two students designed a slingshot-style controller just for Angry Birds out of a motorized slider from a sound mixer and an Arduino microcontroller
An attached Arduino-based microcontroller then judges the force and angle being applied to the bar and duplicates it in the game
To mimic the tension of the slingshot as its tugged back, they hacked a motorized fader from an audio mixer to make it give some resistance when pulled and then snap back to the front when released
It's hard to believe just how popular Angry Birds and its spin-offs have become since the first game's release in 2009, but there are plenty of people still enjoying Rovio's series even now. With numerous ports for almost every popular mobile device, game console, and web browser, not to mention downloads totaling over one billion, it's clear that casual gamers are still enamored with the game about suicidal birds and explosive pigs. A couple of students have even gone so far as to create a slingshot-style controller just for the game out of a motorized slider from a sound mixer and an Arduino microcontroller.
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