Super Angry Birds controller: A real catapult for gamers
Angry Birds is playable on just about every mobile there is, from the fastest Android to lowly S40 Nokias, as well as on PC and Mac. But until today, you’ve always been reliant on a touchscreen, trackpad or mouse to send your irate avian companions flying: now a new hack shows how you can play the game with an actual slingshot.
A couple of enterprising tinkerers over at Sound Plus Design have constructed this incredible slingshot controller to play Angry Birds with on a MacBook. You angle the slide, and pull back the amount of tension you want to create in the elastic on screen – oh, and when you need to fire your bird’s unique skill, you just push down on the TNT plunger.
The Super Angry Birds controller was put together by two students, Hideaki Matsui and Andrew Spitz, of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design in Denmark, using an Arduino micro controller. If you’re up for the challenger, the pair have even published a paper showing exactly how it’s done.
You can check out the video here: is this the end for regular boring gamepads?