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May 29, 2017

Tiny Arcade Cabinet

at 5:25 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Game Hacks

 

Tiny Circuits have made a playable Tiny Arcade Cabinet kit. The environment is a tiny custom Arduino system. It is stackable and of course very small.

The Tiny Arcade lets you relive the golden age of video games with an arcade cabinet that fits in the palm of your hand.  Originally launched on Kickstarter!

  • Beautiful, vibrant full color OLED screen  
  • Games are free and open source – play community made games or write your own
  • SD card expansion slot – download new games and insert card (or get a preloaded microSD card here)
  • High quality joystick and two push buttons
  • Built-in speaker with volume control knob and rechargeable lithium battery
  • USB port for charging and game development
  • Clear and Black Acrylic
  • Arcade stickers to decorate your cabinet
  • Electronics based around the same 32-bit ARM processor as the Arduino Zero “

 

 




December 22, 2016

Cracking the Sega Saturn CD

at 9:34 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Game Hacks

 

 

Debuglive takes a look how Dr Abrasive’s cracked the Sega Saturn CD system. The original copy protection of the system uses a physical wobble in the outer edge of the official game CDs. This makes copying the disks impossible since blank disks have this portion pressed into it when you get it. After a lot of reverse engineering and some custom hacking the system is now able to do lots of things that it was never intended to do.

 


April 28, 2016

Table Tennis Trainer Project

at 9:35 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks, Insane Equipment

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If you enjoy table tennis this trainer might be a great next project. Thomas Mayer created this as his bachelor thesis project. Two Playstation CL-eye cameras are used to view the play area and track the ball. A project is then used to display game elements that the players can interact with to play many game scenarios. The game was created using VVVV which is a visual/textual live-programming environment for easy prototyping and development.

Via: Technabob and Gizmodo

“The basic idea of my bachelor thesis was to track the ping pong ball in realtime to create data visualisations for trainers and players. After a few weeks of working I started developing a projected mapped interface for the ping pong table to show the collected data. By projecting game obstacles on the surface I figured out that I can change the game play totally.”

 


 


December 13, 2015

IR Shooting Game Project – Laser Duel

at 11:10 pm. Filed under Educational, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks

 

Laser Duel is a project made by XiaoXing Zhao, Fred Kummer and Douglas Katz for their ECE 4760  Final Project. The two guns use Nordic nRF24L01 radio transceivers to talk back to a base station which monitors the game play and keeps score. Each gun has some visual indications so the players can see what the health is and there is also a speaker for some audible indications for things such game over.

“Each gun has an infrared emitter for shooting and an infrared detector that detects if the player using the gun was shot. We designed the shooting mechanism such that when the player presses a trigger on the gun a 38 kHz infrared wave will be emitted. If such IR radiation is detected by another gun, then the shot registers as a hit and the player being hit will lose one point of health. Each player starts off with 8 health and the game will end once a player reaches 0 lives, or if someone operating the basestation signals to end the game early. We equipped the guns with a ultra low power radio that sends vital statistics about the player such as player health and player identification to the base station.”

 

May 16, 2015

Automated Table Tennis Score Keeper

at 4:24 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Game Hacks

 Automated Table Tennis Score Keeper

 

Playing Table Tennis is fun but some automation can make it a bit more fun. Taylor Pritchard, Pol Rosello and Frank Xie just completed this Automated Table Tennis Score Keeper for their ECE 5760 Final Project. The project uses a Altera DE2-115 FPGA to monitor for the ball color to watch the game play and score accordingly.

“We use a Sony Handycam DCR-DVD108 as the camcorder to monitor the table tennis game. The NTSC video feed of the camera was used as an input to the DE2-115, where it was split into YCbCr components to isolate the green content of each frame. The luma component of each frame (Y) was not taken into account in order to allow for flexibility in the lighting of each frame. Thresholds for the blue and red component (Cb and Cr, respectively) were determined experimentally to match the color of the green balls. In order to reduce the influence of noise from other green objects in the room, we spray painted the balls a neon green color to ensure the color of the balls was distinct, much like green screen technology used in film and television.”

 


March 20, 2015

Raspberry Pi Minecraft Blocks with NFC

at 4:47 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Game Hacks

 

If you are into minecraft you will soon be able to use some technology to interact with the game using physical objects. Adafruit is making this possible with an NFC reader that they will be releasing soon.

 

“Coming soon to the Adafruit Learning System, a project to make paper Minecraft blocks that interact with the game on a Raspberry Pi using NFC (near field communication)! Swiping a block on the Adafruit PN532 NFC reader causes it to be created in a Minecraft world running on a Raspberry Pi.”

 

March 9, 2015

Video Game Repairs

at 5:31 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Game Hacks

 

Video game play used to be an activity that was played in an arcade with a pocket full of quarters. There is still a huge following for these classic games. Thanks to the repair work that guys like arcadeuk do they will be kept running for years to come. It is interesting to see that there are lots of mods that improve things like the need for battery backups etc. I am glad that there isn’t the same nostalgia keeping 286 computers running!

 

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