Super Angry Birds – An Awesomely Tangible Controller

Out of all the real-world ways I’ve seen Angry Birds controlled / played — and there have been many — the “Super Angry Birds” controller is hands down the most elegant to date. It’s just so darn pretty! While it will never replace a tap or a mouse, it could actually be quite fun to play this way. Now the real question is: how can I get one? Hats off to Hideaki Matsui and Andrew Spitz — the creators of this awesome controller.

If you’re curious as to how this works, below is the info from the YouTube page:

“Super Angry Birds” is a force feedback USB controller for Angry Birds that simulates the feeling of a slingshot. All the controls found in the game are available in this device. You can control the pull, the angle, and of course trigger the special power of the bird. We hacked a motorized fader found in audio mixing consoles to simulate the force you would feel when using a slingshot.

We programmed in Max/MSP and Arduino. For controlling the hardware, we used an Arduino-based microcontroller called Music & Motors developed by CIID.
This was part of the class on Haptics at CIID run by Bill Verplank and David Gauthier.

Project by:

Hideaki Matsui – hideakimatsui.com
Andrew Spitz – andrew-spitz.com

For more info, please visit soundplusdesign.com/?p=5428

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By BBinMiami (@bbinmiami)

Whoa! I would love to own this!

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By AngryBirds549 (@angrybirds549)

This could mean the next generation of Angry Birds is totally changing the world :)

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By thetoddman23 (@thetoddman23)

lol that’s awesome, I have a Roku and have played a few times with the controller, pretty fun as well

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By wrw01 (@wrw01)

The creativity of the human brain never ceases to amaze me. Those are the coolest controllers I have seen. They appear to be sensitive enough to obtain 3 stars. Wonder if they received “A” for their project and inventions?

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By TruckDriver (@truckdriver)

It’s a cool enough gizmo, to be sure, but it isn’t very ergonomic. As a design, what we see here is very “proof of concept.” Of course, technologically, innovation must always precede refinement.

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By Dorito (@dorito)

Even though I have seen this video before, and that it is just fan-made, I would be interesting it if Rovio made something like this as an accessory for PC users (although it won’t replace the mouse, of course! :D)

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By xXAngryBirdLover2214Xx (@angrybirdlover2)

yeah..it would work great on PC!

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By Bill (@dollarbill2208)

Can I mount this to my laptop? That would be sooo totally super awesome, dude!
I thought the TNT lever was going to manually explode a TNT box on the level, which would make things quite a bit different. hahaha

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By SouperBrick (@souperbrick)

Very cool!

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By thebestbird7 (@brianrivera1234)

The next generation of videogames, i like to get one.

By leopan

As well as an Analog controller on PS consoles

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By PigFlinger1234 (@pigflinger)

Cool! I wish i have one.
Hats off to the creators of this awesome controller!

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By ncisgrabert (@ncisgrabert)

Awesome!!! I would definitely buy one if or when this comes out. It’s amazing how people come up with things like this.

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By AngryBirdsFanGuy438 (@angrybirdsfanguy438)

That’s awesome! Only one problem though – if you were playing ABSp with it, how would you use Lazer Bird’s ability?

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By Abhijit (@abhijit)

yeah that can only be done by a mouse or tap on screen
for that i think they should change the button for to activate special ability of a bird to a gun.Anyone remember the old nintendo video games where we used to have a gun

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By Abhijit (@abhijit)

and when we point the gun to the screen the target was neutralized

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By AngryBirdsFanGuy438 (@angrybirdsfanguy438)

You mean the zapper for the NES, used with games like Duck Hunt? Yeah! Something like that would work great!

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By Abhijit (@abhijit)

yeah you got it right!i didnt know the name for that

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By SouperBrick (@souperbrick)

Good question!

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By angry boomerang (@war2003)

new way to play angry birds awesome :)

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By Abhijit (@abhijit)

AWESOME!they should actually sell these controllers to people like us

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By Balooon (@balooon)

This gonna make the game more difficult :D

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By DrummerBird (@rockerbird123)

That looks awesome! I wish i had one…

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By Harrystar6 (@harrystar6)

Awesome! Looks really cool

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By nacho18 (@nacho18)

The question is : this is a prototype …! Or it is already on sale….!!!

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By iamMighty (@iammighty)

Nice! Really would love to get my hands on this.

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By Silent Assassin (@silent-assassin)

Whoa, that’s awesome.

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By NEXmuffin (@hristaki032)

Awesome!!!This will make AB very fun to play but since it is not made by Rovio it will never come to stores :(

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By Mr Angry (@mr-angry)

it’s so cool if i can i buy one of them

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By DeltaRay (@deltaray)

Looks interesting…

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By nchiriano (@nchiriano)

Wow!!!! It don’t mean a thing if I ain’t got that sLing… :-p

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By MUFC (@mufc)

Awesome!!! I whis that Rovio can make something like this! :)

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By Sith Bird (@altla-darkwinder)

Really Cool . . . wonder if I have one.
anyway im new here so I have a few question :
1. I have an avatar picture and going to add it on my account.The problem is, I don’t know how to access the account menu. Is anyone can help ?

2. what kind of feature I get when I join this community ?

thanks if you can answer it :)

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By sal9 (@sal9)

Welcome to ABN @altla-darkwinder
Please refer to our FAQ section for more info.
When you join you have access to groups, leader boards and you get awarded badges among other things ;)

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By AngryBirdsFan1234 (@angrybirds21)

this is cool i want one

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By Angry_BrownBird (@supermad_bluebird)

Ow these people are clever to make a new style to play one of the worlds popular games. They stepped it up a lot! Now it’s time to get myself one. I don’t LIVE untill I have bought one

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By Angryguy (@angryperson)

that looks awesome!

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By TailsTheFox (@tailsthefurious)

Awesome!! But, it will works whit the lastest version? (Angry Birds 2.2.0 or Angry Birds 2.1.0 for Mac)

I see that the video shows Angry Birds in Mac, so, it will be easer found it for Mac?

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By Brendar1218 (@brendar)

I don’t care how much it costs, I’ll buy one if it ever goes public.

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By ChaosTsar (@chaostsar)

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