Ever find yourself wishing you could play Tilt to Live [99¢ / Lite / HD] with an actual physical joystick instead of tilting, or better yet, that the game would just play itself? Well, with an Arduino, a few servo motors, a webcam, some machined pieces of metal, and a whole lot of spare time, anything is possible. Shane Wighton of Mechanically Inclined has been hard at work making this a reality.

The original post on the project was on December 20th, where Wighton explained:

There’s this game that I love to play on my phone. You play the game by tilting the phone to steer a space ship around, avoiding enemies, and picking up power-ups to take out the enemies. The game is very difficult – there can be hundreds of enemies on screen at any given time and their movement is often quite chaotic. So the question I’ve been asking myself lately is this – could I get a computer to play the game better than myself? Could I program a computer to detect patterns in the enemies, be strategic, and make the best moves using its superior reaction time and raw processing power? I don’t know but I would love to find out, so I’m going to find out.

Since then, substantial headway has been made resulting in the following video showing the whole contraption being controlled by a joystick:

The next step from here is mounting the webcam, and building the software that actually plays Tilt to Live with the device. I really can't wait to see this game playing robot in action, and have no problem bowing down to our future high scoring robotic overlords. For more details on the project, check out Shane's blog which we're also going to be following along with to see just how much better the Tilt to Live robot is at playing the game than we are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Ruddock/654075778 Ben Ruddock

    I, for one, welcome our new iPhone game playing robot overlords.

  • Adams Immersive

    When I first saw the picture, I had a different, equally insane idea:

    Attach a camera aimed at the face of an iPhone. That’s it—no motors needed.

    Then grab the camera itself AS the joystick and tilt away! Supporting base optional—maybe mount the phone in a bowl of some kind.

    The camera than shows the game on a screen (or goggles?) to solve the problem of your joystick hand blocking the view :)

    I gotta sell kits with a bowl and a camera. I’ll be rich! Rich, I tell you!

    • Johno

      That's the exact same thing I thought when I looked at the picture. If it had an overhead knob to hold to tilt it I think that would work rather well.

  • CJ

    So useless

  • E_Domina

    well it's a start...

  • Anonymous

    While this is pretty cool, I'd rather this be a video of his girlfriend taking a shower, as you can hear in the background.

    Either that, or she's cooking bacon or steak. :-|

  • schplurg

    Ridiculous. Just my opinion but that is the stupidest thing I've seen for the iDevices.