I'm sure you all know somebody who is patently obsessed with the game "Angry Birds." Apparently, it's pretty popular, with users logging nearly 1 million hours of gameplay on just iOS each day. So, the folks over at mbed created a pretty awesome project to make the game a little more "real." Check it out:
Using an ADXL345 accelerometer, a stretch sensor, an mbed NXP LPC11U24, and a some clever carpentry, they created a slingshot that connects via USB to give you a whole new way of playing "Angry Bird." The accelerometer detects the tilt of the slingshot, while the stretch sensor interprets how far you pull back. When you release, it interfaces seamlessly with the game and launches your fowl projectile.
This is an awesome project that is a great example of exploring the world of USB peripherals - nice job mbed! Check out the project page for more information (and all the stuff you'll need to build your own). Now go get those pigs!