View Full Version : Play Angry Birds... with a USB Slingshot?

03-05-2012, 02:39 PM
An alternative way of playing if you don't mind some construction.


Angry Birds is an extremely popular game worldwide, well... isn't it about time it became a real sport?

If you are tired of playing Angry Birds with a mouse or touchscreen controls, well, how about playing it with a real Slingshot? A site called mbed has posted full instructions on how to make your very own USB slingshot.

You need a decent branch for the slingshot, a microcontroller, USB connector, accelerometer, and a rubber stretch sensor. The C++ code is provided, and as a weekend project I can see this being pretty satisfying to create.

Yeah, you need a lot of stuff, but apparently this thing works pretty well, so, if you have a lot of time in your hands, this could be a really fun project.

USB Slingshot

To make Angry Birds a real sport, we need real equipment. So the idea for this hack was to build a real slingshot as a USB peripheral to play Angry Birds.

It was inspired as a demo to show off how easy it is becoming to build your own USB devices, thanks to the emergence of ultra-low-cost 32-bit microcontrollers that include USB.

The resulting hack means fusing electronics, microcontrollers, software and, umm..., carpentry!

Check out the details on how to do it by yourself on the link below. Also watch the video below and see how good this thing works!


OFFICIAL SITE: http://mbed.org/cookbook/Slingshot

NEWS SOURCE: Play Angry Birds with a USB Slingshot (via) Slashdot (http://idle.slashdot.org/story/12/02/28/154252/play-angry-birds-with-a-usb-slingshot)

Our thanks to 'Gauss' for another news story!

03-06-2012, 04:13 AM
wow, who buys these angry birds games over and over again? not to mention the worst gimmicky things you can imagine?

03-06-2012, 08:24 AM
It seems to me like I'm the only person that just doesn't like this game at all. Never did... never will.