Quadcopter simulator game in Arduino serial monitor

From Hackaday:

Every new generation of computers repeats the techniques used by the earlier generations. [Kim Salmi] created an ASCII-based quadcopter simulation game using an Arduino that displays on the Arduino serial monitor. The modern twist is the controller: an accelerometer supplements the joystick for immersive play. And of course there are flashing LEDs.

An Arduino Uno provides the processing power and drives the serial monitor. A joystick and a Hitachi H48C accelerometer are mounted on a breadboard and wired to the Uno. The tilting of the accelerometer controls the height and left-right motion of the quadcopter on the screen. The joystick sets the the ‘copter in hover mode and lowers a ‘rescue’ line. Another LED warns when the maximum height, the vertical limit of the screen, is reached. The joystick also selects one of the three quadcopters, which have different performance characteristics.

There’s a video after the break. [Kim] provides the source code so  you use it as a reference for handling the joystick and accelerometer inputs.

More proof that what is old is new. 

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Comment by Dragan on April 24, 2016 at 11:49am

Nice!

This is the reason why I'm finishing up all of my mechanical projects so I could restart my c++ learning to have a head start on arduino IDE and electronic prototyping.

 There's so much you can do with improving the mechanics after which you need to address the electronics to step further in improving things  :)

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