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June 6, 2011 AT 10:31 am

Tesla Hero

This is the only respectable use for a Guitar Hero controller. Bill writes:

Who needs an amplifier when you’ve got a million volts to work with?

Introducing Tesla Hero, an RGB LED adorned Guitar Hero Controller interfaced with a Dual Resonant Solid State Tesla Coil (DRSSTC).  That’s right, Guitar Hero on a Tesla Coil. It was only a matter of time.

Tesla Hero comes in many parts. The guitar, the fiber-optic transceiver and the DRSSTC. The original idea came to me several hours before an event for the local Childrens Museum of Panama City. The event was a gala to announce the new science programs and the name change to ‘Science and Discovery Center’. The Science Brothers, my alter ego, (a program designed to inspire elementary students to peruse STEM careers, click for more info) were invited to bring some crazy experiments for the guests. It was easy to bring my DRSSTC, but I wanted to change it up and give the guests a way to interact with the coil. The idea hit me, and a few hours later, I had a breadboard setup running with an Arduino, my PS2X library, and a wireless guitar. I even had some RGB LED strips going via a TLC5940 and library.

[h/t @laen]


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2 Comments

  1. Hi guys,

    I finished off editing that video way too late and after too many cups of coffee and it has some horrible spelling mistakes. If you would be so kind, can you embed this version instead? And thanks for the post!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDovAB9pM0w

  2. That’s just awesome.

    It never occurred to me before that everyone needs a home Tesla coil, but in hindsight it’s clearly mandatory.

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