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Tutorial Real lifeLife meter gives a measure of video game health

Discussion in 'Reverse engineering' started by storm shadow, May 12, 2013.

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  1. storm shadow

    Techbliss Owner Admin Ida Pro Expert Developer

    This hack makes the virtual real by displaying your video game character’s health meter as a column of illuminated water.
    The build video, which you’ll find embedded after the break, is really quite remarkable. The column is a clear piece of pipe anchored at one end by hand-tightened plumbing drain fittings. This allows [Bfayer] to attach a flexible bladder which he constructed for the project. An actuator pushes a hinged board up against the bladder to raise and lower the water level in the tube.

    Alone that’s pretty impressive, but [Bfayer] went the extra mile and then some. He uses a four-way fitting at the bottom of the meter. One fork connects to the bladder, another allows air to be injected using an aquarium pump. The bottom of the fitting has a clear window so that an RGB LED array can shine into the water which was doped with highlighter ink to pick up the colored glow. To pull the whole thing together he coded the custom control interface seen above.



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    Source code! (currently just the Arduino side of things)
    https://github.com/bfayer/LiquidLifebar
     
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