There isn’t an avid gamer who hasn’t tired his fingers trying to perfect those songs on Guitar Hero, ones that he couldn’t on an acoustic guitar. Given that, there have been a few avid robotsters who’ve spent the same effort and time doing up robots to perfect the songs. Robots developed to play Guitar Hero aren’t a solution for bettering your skill anyway, but would make us envy them for their perfection. Thus being someone who is a fan of Guitar Hero, I was compelled to get across to you eight DIY robots purposefully built to play the Guitar Hero. Peep down for more.
Developed by engineering student Pete Nikrin in conjunction with Minnesota West Technical College, this humanoid dubbed the Roxanne responds to each note as it appears onscreen. The robot is able to read these notes in transitions between light and dark pixels courtesy its left eye which has a camera implanted in that patch. The bot’s recorded 100 percent accuracy at times, averaging 98 percent accurate in the medium mode, 95 percent on hard mode and 80 percent on Expert mode. Read more.
Developed by a group of High School students at Convolve, Inc., an Armonk, NY based engineering firm, the high performance Guitar Hero Robot, DeepNote consists of a rack with five individual light sensors and standard Guitar Hero USB guitar modified to fit a Parallax propeller chip and other circuitry. Powered by either a wall supply or a 9 volt battery, the light sensors mounted on a custom printed circuit board of the robot use photodiodes for signal conditioning. The DeepNote robot can play all songs, in real-time, in expert mode with 98-100% accuracy. The robot is good to rival the best human players in the world without any previous knowledge of the songs. Read more.
Developed by Electrical Engineering students at Texas A&M, Slashbot is a Guitar Hero playing robot with about 90% accuracy at expert mode. Slashbot works as a completely standalone process, using a converter box to translate specific pixel information from the screen intro note presses and strums on the mechanical contraption. Read more.
The headless human –like Guitar Heronoid created by Rafael Mizrahi and Tal Chalozin, members GarageGeeks, http://www.garagegeeks.org/ has working robotic hands to strum and hit buttons. The robot has eyes to see what’s going on in the game and is based on bot-to-computer feedback to process the video and respond accordingly. With a simple electronic brain Guitar Heronoid has a lot be tinkered with before it can be perfect. Read more.
The Cythbot by Cyth Systems http://www.cythsystems.com/ combines a camera with a vision processing system and pneumatic fingers to create a robot that can play the Guitar Hero by itself. Cythbot is not a humanoid robot but instead a collection of components cleverly patched together to create an automated device that can read the notes flowing on a screen and play them. Read more.
Created by Joe Bowers the Guitar Hero robot is based on his Arduino-based note visualize. Joe’s robot has some difficulty sensing notes when the flame effects burst around the fret board. But the robot can play Foghat's Slow Ride on expert mode with 94% accuracy. Read more.
Built by Chee Lor and Mike Teigen, students at the Fox Valley Technical College, the Guitar Hero-playing robot has a camera on board to see the notes on the screen and plays them on the guitar. The students were inspired at build in the bot by the blackjack playing robot. Read more.
By Team 1986 this Guitar Hero playing robot is a life size, free-standing figure that holds the guitar and plays alongside its opponent. The hand mechanisms attach to the guitar, and the guitar hangs freely on the robot. PVC pipes have been used for the body while vacuum hose for arms. The laptop and camera to control the robot is placed on the bot’s own head and body. The Titan has been tested to scores 90's in accuracy on expert level on almost any song. Read more.