Issue 17 – HackSpace magazine – Turn a hoodie into a wearable game controller #CircuitPlaygroundExpress @MSMakeCode @HackSpaceMag @sophywong
Issue 17 — HackSpace magazine – Turn a hoodie into a wearable game controller –
Are you ready to fly? In this project, we’ll build a wearable game controller for a one-button game. What can you do with one button? Play Flappy Bird, of course! Our game controller is built into a hoodie. Flap like a bird to make your in-game bird soar!
While the original game is no longer available as a mobile app, you can find several Flappy Bird emulators built by fans with the free online programming language, Scratch. The game is played by tapping a button, the SPACE bar, to keep your bird in the air. Each tap gives your bird a boost, like a flap of its wings.
We can turn our flaps into taps by using the HID capability of a Circuit Playground Express (CPX). HID stands for Human Interface Device, and it means that the CPX can act like a keyboard or mouse for your computer. We’ll program the Circuit Playground Express to send a SPACE bar press to the computer every time it detects an arm flap using Microsoft MakeCode.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.