Homebrew banjo game-controller by RIT students

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  1. Boba Fett Diop says:

    I’d be interested in this, but I already got burned by the lack new material for Sousaphone Hero.

    http://www.theonion.com/content/news/activision_reports_sluggish_sales

  2. Brainspore says:

    Will someone please just invent “Ukulele Hero” already so we have a game truly worthy of BoingBoing?

  3. bobsyeruncle says:

    Yeehaw! Now to make the boss in the battle “squeal like a pig”!

  4. rhysara says:

    While I’m very excited to see this controller getting some attention (because really, it’s a banjo! What’s not to love?). I just want to take a moment to say that projects like this are being done all over the country/world and not just on a college level.

    I actually teach engineering and technology at a high school in MA and this is the second year I’ve done a build-your-own-electronic-instrument project with my product design classes.

    While the project involves a lot of steps, the kids have to design and build their instruments (some kids use found objects, others create their instruments in the shop or on our CNC mill), they have to wire the sensors that they need to trigger their instruments (I provide an array of parts, everything from digital switches salvaged from old keyboards, to light sensors, bend sensors, rotary and slide potentiometers and velostat for pressure sensors) and create a program to run their instruments (in a simple graphical programing language).

    To simplify the process we use an off the shelf analog to digital converter box that they can plug their completed sensors into and when they’re done they have a playable instrument. It’s a great way to demystify the many electronic toys and gadgets in their lives.

    A guitar – it was made on the CNC mill from a CAD file that a student designed and it utilizes light sensors to control the note and a digital switch for strumming.

    a beat box – created with pressure sensors and played by alternately slamming on the box and throwing it around.

    a light piano – made with light sensors and rotary potentiometers.

  5. pauldrye says:

    ((is wearing his Bagpipe Hero shirt and is happy))

  6. Telecustard says:

    The Flatt people would have said yes to Dueling Banjos. Lester was the progressive one.

  7. recordingautist says:

    Kudos for resisting the urge to make the obvious Banjo Hero joke.

  8. Daemon says:

    It only really becomes a duelling banjo after you affix the bayonet.

  9. Apreche says:

    Mad props to the alma mater, go RIT!

  10. Xyonz says:

    The banjo is a favorite instrument of RIT’s current president.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hope I’m not ruining the joke, but being a current RIT student I think it sheds a little light on the story to let everyone know that our current president collects rare banjos, and it’s something of a joke on campus.

    He also built himself an electric bike. Destler is the man.

  12. ill lich says:

    Actually, Flatt and Scruggs don’t really have anything to do with “Dueling Banjos”– it was made famous by Eric Weissberg in the soundtrack to Deliverance, and it was based on “Fueding Banjos” by Don Reno and Arthur Smith (who in turn took it from the old time standard “(Little) Darlin Pal Of Mine”, which is also the basis for “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie. I believe Flatt & Scruggs did perform “Little Darlin Pal Of Mine”, but not with the “dueling” part).

    Maybe you’re thinking of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, other famous banjo tune (made famous on the soundtrack to “Bonnie and Clyde.”)

  13. edgore says:

    I *NEED* to hear a banjo version of Fette’s Vette!

  14. teufelsdroch says:

    @1 come to think of it, dueling banjos is probably a pretty valuable commodity. But do artists pay or get paid to be included on something like guitar hero?

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