Bop It Turned Into a Minecraft Controller
You can turn anything into a controller these days—Wii balance boards and even my childhood favorite toy Bop It?
Well, Seth Altobelli has taken the twistin’, pullin’ toy and converted it into a controller to be used with Minecraft. He released the process and final workings on his YouTube channel, having built the controller for Minecraft YouTuber Technoblade who earlier beat the game with a steering wheel (thanks, Kotaku).
The method of changing the inner electricals looked simple enough, with Altobelli trading out the usual Bop It control board for a Raspberry Pi and a tiny bit of soldering magic. There was also some far more complex mathematics that went into using the angle of the Bop It for movement, which he describes in his YouTube video for all the math works out there.
Altobelli has made smart use of the Bop It’s several functions—different inputs will toggle how each button works, like changing between movement and the camera as well as taking up crafting menus. The critical lack of buttons does have its flaws—Altobelli fell foul to a shock silverfish attack during his first playing attempt, with the Bop It simply not being quick enough to handle simultaneously running away and attacking or blocking the silverfishes’ path.
While Altobelli struggled to power through the game with a toy, it’s exciting just to see the thing working with some degree of playability. The way people use Rasberry Pis never misses to surprise me either.