Arduino Game Pad part 1

All gamers have a dream to create their own game and make money with that (or just playing it), in this post I’ll show you a very simple arcanoid-type game but playing it your you own gamepad.

Ok I’ll not create a game but a gamepad, it still cool! The gamepad I’ll make it is based on arduino board  and ATMEGA328 microprocessor. In this part I will show you the hardware side and in the next part I’ll connect this to the “game”.

First of all what do we need :

– An Arduino board

– 3 buttons (for left – right – hit)

– A piezo (for sound when you hit)

– 9 Cables (to connect the components)

– 3 Resistors ( for the button’s potential)

– And on vibrator , I take it out from a ps2 gamepad, and I used “durex vibrating ring” before, yes I did. ( It vibrates when losing)

So the circuit connection is the following :

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The 5DOF accelerometer with Arduino

The 5 Degree Of Freedom accelometer

5dof

You can get it from  :

http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9268 

The accelometer is a electronic device that measures acceleration forces. These forces could be static, like gravity  or dynamic when something cause them, changing the direction of forces e.t.c.

So the 5DOF is an electronic circuit / sensor that has some outputs which gives us the acceleration values on each X-Y-Z coordinates.

In this post I’ll receive these values from the accelometer circuit via Arduino (http://www.arduino.cc)  and I’ll show them graphically via Proccessing Script Language (http://processing.org/ ).

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