Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that's inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, "You don't need anyone's permission to make something great."
Massimo Banzi co-founded Arduino, which makes affordable open-source microcontrollers for interactive projects, from art installations to an automatic plant waterer.
There is no sound because there is no relevant audio and we probably don't enjoy the same music.
As part of an internal game jam here at the office I modified my SMKCycle (an exercise bike I retrofitted using Arduino to play Super Mario Kart on my SNES) to interface with unity and a colleague, Mike McGraw, made a 3-D game designed around the bike.
The Game Jam had a 1 week time frame and all work was done on evenings/weekends. I must admit that my contribution (the bike modifications) was probably significantly smaller than Mike's (the game) but everything ended up pretty well.
The game itself puts the rider in the position of defending the town/himself from rampaging alien oranges (The game jam had specific themes). There are 2 modes the bike can be in, a travel mode where peddling moves you forward at a relative speed and the left/right buttons turn left and right. Once you are in a position to fire on the vile citrus you can press the center button and switch to gun mode. In gun mode the tank stops and begins shooting (the rate of fire is commensurate to the speed at which you peddle) and left/right again turns left and right. At any time you can press the center button to swap between the different modes.
Thanks again to Mike McGraw for being interested in the project enough to dedicate some real time to it.
Rigged an exercise bike up to an old Super Nintendo controller using An Arduino microcontroller, some sensors/switches and some transistors.
Peddling at a certain rate holds down the A button to accelerate, left and right are buttons on the handlebars and there is a red button in the middle of the handlebars for using special items.
I have another video I'll upload soon which better describes the bike controller.
There is a quick overview of how it works here:
http://statuswoe.blogspot.ca/2012/04/super-mario-kart-cycle.html including a link to the github project where my very quickly written android sketch is available. I'm hoping to put up schematics of both the bike and SNES Adapter (part of which actually uses an SNES controller) there when I get the chance.
For anyone interested in seeing it work with a non-SNES game Mike McGraw and I came up with a game/adapter that is played on a Computer via USB. I think the game is pretty neat.