A pair of students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design just made playing Angry Birds on your computer significantly more realistic. Also, a lot more goofy looking. Andrew Spitz and Hideaki Matsui collaborated on a slingshot-inspired force feedback controller for the PC version of Rovio’s omnipresent casual gaming hit, dubbing the result Super Angry Birds.
Okay, so their naming convention lacks pizzazz, but the custom Arduino controller they devised is pretty neat. A USB connected slingshot adjusts the angle and power of your shot, and what looks like an exceptionally satisfying-to-press miniature TNT plunger activates the birds, causing them to split apart or detonate in mid-air. The next logical step, of course, is to place real birds in this thing, and fire them at pigs in outfits.
Note: For the love of all that is good, please do not actually do that.
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