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March 15, 2007

Shootable Simon Game

at 5:47 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks, Toy Hacks

Check out this cool hack of the Simon game from Sparkfun that the guys at I make Projects made. If rings of plexiglass were used a target practice game could be made using a small microcontroller.

Video after the jump.

“This is a Simon game from Spark Fun Electronics which you play by shooting plexiglass plates with an Airsoft gun instead of tapping buttons with your fingers. It’s fun and playing it well is harder than it looks.

The Simon game was from Spark Fun, and the shootable plates are made from plexiglass and piezo elements. When a piezo element is subjected to a sudden vibration/jolt/impact (such as when the plexiglass it’s attached to is hit by a BB from an Airsoft gun), electricity flows in the form of a voltage spike. Some simple circuitry is used to detect this and turn it into a digital signal. This digital signal is used to trigger the Simon game’s button input in the place of an actual button. So in other words, the Simon game works perfectly normally with the exception that instead of pressing a button, you shoot a plexiglass plate with an Airsoft gun.”