May 26, 2015

Create Arduino games to be played with a dog

And now for something completely different - video games that were designed to be played with a dog. Well not by a dog alone, however the controls are large enough in that a small dog could be trained or coaxed to jump onto the controls when required.

This process has been documented by Michelle Westerlaken who created very large buttons for her Arduino by using a sandwich method that consists of two layers of foil with sponge in between, a clever and simple solution to making buttons that are durable and also withstand pressure by the dog.

From there the Arduino is used as a game controller and can be used with example games in processing, or by using a Leonardo-compatible the system can emulate a USB keyboard. Check out the following video for a fun demonstration:

For complete details, visit Michelle's Instructable page. And for more, we're on twitter, facebook and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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The package includes a wide variety of parts, sensors and modules including: a servo motor, lights, buttons, switches, sound, sensors, breadboard, wires and more. Furthermore a Freetronics Eleven Arduino-compatible board is included to make this an extensive hobby experimenter, inventor and starter kit. However we don't leave you alone to figure it all out, included is a great project and instruction booklet, plus access to a supporting web page and software examples. In other words - this is everything you need to get started for a fun range of electronics and Arduino related projects! So to get started or for more information and to order, check out the product page.


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