Angry Birds just got sweeter. Two students, Hideaki Matsui and Andrew Spitz, from the Copenhagen Institue of Interaction Design have created a “Super Angry Birds” USB-controller for the popular game Angry Birds. This was a project for their tactile feedback technology class.
It works by a “force feedback USB controller” that simulates the slingshot. The device is a made possible by a customized Arduino, a single-board micro-controller with a software suite for programming it.The device is programmed using Max/MSP. The device is worked by using the USB powered slingshot to control the angle and pull of the bird, giving you the power to control the velocity and direction of the bird. The customized Arduino simulates the force of the slingshot, which is a really create use of the technology. The TNT controller is used to trigger the special power of the bird.
Basically, the way we achieved this is by drawing a force curve and storing the values in a table, then we send the current position of the slider through the table and extract the value to send to the motor that applies an opposing force.
It looks like the device only works with Angry Birds on the Mac App Store. It looks like it doesn’t work on the mobile versions of Angry Birds, such as iOS and Android. But most unfortunately, it looks it is not available to the general public. And darn, I wished I could have one of those to enhance my Angry Birds experience!
An example is shown on the video the duo posted to Vimeo.