DIY Angry Birds USB Slingshot

A company that sells microcontrollers and supporting software has created this slingshot that interfaces with Angry Birds over a USB connection. The device uses mbed (a tool for rapid prototyping with microcontrollers) and is recognized by a PC as a mouse – so when the slingshot is pulled back, a stretch sensor translates the motion into mouse input. The angle of the shot is handled by an accelerometer.

Although the device isn’t available for sale, the main components are. Plus mbed is offering instructions and code for creating their prototype, which is great news for those looking for a DIY project—and a way to make the vastly over-hyped Angry Birds seem fresh again.

Hit the jump for a video demonstration.

(Geek via Technabob)

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