Real-Life, Playable Version of “Flappy Bird” Inside a Box

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Intro: Real-Life, Playable Version of “Flappy Bird” Inside a Box

I made this real-life, playable version of "Flappy Bird" using Arduino Duemilanove, 3 servo motors, 2 buttons, a speaker, a reed switch, and handful of rare earth magnets.

First, find a box to make the frame of the game and two small dowels to create the rolling background. Those dowels are controlled by a motor that turns on when I presses a blue start button. Then attach another motor to a popsicle stick that opens and closes the box at the beginning and end of every session.

The Flappy Bird itself contains a magnetic sensor called a reed switch, which is programmed to be in a continual downward motion until you tap the button (just like the smartphone version). When the magnetic sensor touches the magnet — which is taped behind the pipes — the game is over.

The Arduino sketch is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ch0s13n480l2sph/-WJIdfY_hD

There’s also the opportunity to expand upon the physical game idea, creating your own new games to include in the box through the use of templates. I created a race car game inspired from Frogger and Pole Position.



 


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    fqiu

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi everyone, I just cleaned up the Arduino sketch and shared on dropbox, feel free to use it! :)

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    fqiu

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi everyone, I put together an illustrated instruction and a Plug and Play version of this project on Kickstarter, please check it out!

    http://kck.st/1jOmspc

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    fqiu

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hello, the reed switch senses the magnets under the pipes, and then game over! :) No score keeping yet mechanism yet, maybe an LCD display?

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    spylock

    4 years ago on Introduction

    You just reinvented a game I had in the early 80s,mine was a car going up a paper road.It kept me occupied thought,nice work.

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    fqiuspylock

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    really? what was it called? I'd love to see it, could you link me?

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    spylockfqiu

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    That thing has been long ago thrown away,given away,but it was like what you made except it was in a plastic case with a clear plastic screen,for the lack of a better term,and it had a small steering wheel at the bottom.You tried to stay on the road without taking a dead end.

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    vincent7520

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Fantastic !

    Keep it this way : it shows how much those video games rely first on imagination not on computers !!!…

    I love everything in it, especially the closing flap that ends the game.

    I'll try to lobby to make my vote count a hundred instead of one !!…

    You must win… otherwise this world is totally unfair !…

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    fqiucreativeideas4u

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    just shared the code, steps are still work in progress, did not do a good job documenting the project for the prototyp! :(

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    casperanna

    4 years ago on Introduction

    That is soo cool. I love their reaction when the box closes. Ha ha ha ha!
    =D

    that's is so cool, and that's a great idea of yours because no ads on flappy bird!

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    fixxon1972

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Keeping score could be done by pins at top pipes hitting a cog joined to a stripped hand clicker counter tally thing :) or a digi counter that counts on a connection hit :)

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    faiza007

    4 years ago

    what a cool project..!

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    SuperScourge

    4 years ago

    How does it sense of you hit the pipe?