Hacked Gadgets Forum

April 21, 2008

AutoGuitarHero – FPGA powered Guitar Hero System

at 7:06 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks

There have been lots of Guitar Hero hacks since it came out but I think this is the most elegant I have ever seen! Auto Guitar Hero (AGH1000) simply connects to the composite video of the game and "looks" at where the colored pucks are and presses the associated button. The idea was thought up when a father couldn’t compete with his son at the game. If you want to ace the game why not build your own, full schematics and code are provided.

"The AGH1000 is connected between the Wii’s video output and the TV or monitor’s video input. The Wii’s video output format is NTSC Composite Video. This means that all the information to properly drive a video monitor is present on a single wire – typically the yellow RCA connector. We used this composite video signal to generate signals that electrically press the correct notes and strum button at the correct time. The system consists of four sections – the Analog Processing Board, the Digital Processing Board, the Driver Board, and the Opto-Isolator Board."