SPACEDOUT - IRL Space Invaders with Drones

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Are you ready to make your favorite old school video game come to life? With the use of a bunch of drones (flying in formation) with LED matrices and light sensors attached to them, you can create a physical version of the immortal Space Invaders game!

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ForReal Team
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ForReal Team
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Arduino

Are you ready to make your favorite old school video game come to life? With the use of a bunch of drones (flying in formation) with LED matrices and light sensors attached to them, you can create a physical version of the immortal Space Invaders game! You will also need a motorized car seat that can be travel over a 20-25 meters rail. As the car seat moves around, the player’s goal is to try to take them down using the replica of a laser cannon. When the player successfully aims at a drone, it diminishes the drone’s health, and it is taken down autonomously.   

This is a pretty lofty project, so it would be best to assemble a team for proper and efficient assemblance. We recommend divvying up the tasks as follows: 

  1. A team to design and assemble the chair, rail and cannon 
  2. A robotics team to handle the heavy lifting required to make a cart that conveniently carries a person in high velocity 
  3. A manufacturing team to laser cut LED matrices 
  4. A coding team to code the drones-to-earth communication protocols and the game server logic

You will need around 8 Arduino, one on each drone, controlling the LED matrices and the reading sensors. The 8 Arduino will report back to land over radio connection to a master Arduino. 

In addition, 8 remote controls paired to the DJI drones were connected to an 8 androids running our app, that reported back to the game server over Wifi all that was needed to drive the drones.

Lastly, we recommend opening up the project to visitors upon completion to give them a test run :). Make sure the autopilot is disabled so that you can try the game with various number of manually controlled drones.


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