01 May '13, 7pm

Life meter gives a real life measure of video game health

Life meter gives a real life measure of video game health

This hack makes the virtual real by displaying your video game character’s health meter as a column of illuminated water . The build video, which you’ll find embedded after the break, is really quite remarkable. The column is a clear piece of pipe anchored at one end by hand-tightened plumbing drain fittings. This allows [Bfayer] to attach a flexible bladder which he constructed for the project. An actuator pushes a hinged board up against the bladder to raise and lower the water level in the tube. Alone that’s pretty impressive, but [Bfayer] went the extra mile and then some. He uses a four-way fitting at the bottom of the meter. One fork connects to the bladder, another allows air to be injected using an aquarium pump. The bottom of the fitting has a clear window so that an RGB LED array can shine into the water which was doped with highlighter ink to pick up the colored...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/05/01/life-meter-gives-a-real-li...

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