The LEGO Super Mario is one of the surprisingly high-tech toys featuring the Italian plumber. It’s got tech that would make more sense to see in phones than LEGO. And now, a hacker has managed to use the tech inside to turn it into a controller.

Self-declared hardware hacker @r1ckp shared his handiwork on Twitter, in the form of a short video clip. In it, you can see the LEGO Super Mario being used as a controller to play, fittingly, Super Mario Bros. And the in-game character is being controlled by his LEGO counterpart.

The way this is done is by making use of the sensors inside the LEGO Super Mario. These range from an accelerometer, colour sensor, gyroscope and Bluetooth connectivity. That last one was reportedly the most complicated part of the process. After that, it’s all about getting the sensors to simulate key presses, and sending the signal over via Bluetooth.

Overall though, there’s no denying that it’s a nifty trick to cook up. But it does have issues, most obviously the latency between the input action, and when the character in-game performs it. For what it’s worth, @r1ckp says he will share the code once he’s done cleaning it up.

Having missed the pro-gaming boat himself, he has gone for the next best thing: boarding the general video game writing ship whenever possible. When not, he rides on the consumer tech cruise instead.

Source: https://www.lowyat.net/2020/221697/hacker-turns-lego-super-mario-into-controller/

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Georges MOMO
Georges MOMO is Computer Engineer ( Graduated in 3EV Limoges France) He began his career with an internship engineering study in Toulouse on a draft AIRBUS Toulouse Blagnac, It then connects to Nantes, where he worked on the project of documentary migration BPCE. His ambition then it leads to Paris where he worked on two projects of the Bank of France (Validation of trading securities on the European market and centralized document generation) he left a few years later held the position of Technical Manager. Passionate information, it is active on the web and on the field since the 2000.

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