Favorite Hardware Hacks

Greg Tito | 6 Jul 2011 16:00
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NES iPad Controller

Love to play games on the iPad but you're frustrated with the touch interface? Wouldn't it be awesome to play, say, a racing game on your Apple tablet with the tried and true scheme of the 8-bit Nintendo controller? Well, that's what hardware hacker extraordinaire ProtoDojo set out to correct with his crazy low-tech RoboTouch Controller.


The idea: hook up the Nintendo controller to robotic fingers that reproduce corresponding movements on the multi-touch pad.

The result: a computer controlled by a robot controlled by a human. If that's not a weirdest meta idea that encapsulates the state of control gimmicks in the videogame industry today, I don't know what is.

I mean, what's next? Someone makes a robot that controls your Kinect-powered Xbox 360?

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