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Lego builder Guy Himber needed to play the piano 2,000 times in GoW3 to earn an award. However, that didn’t sound like much fun so he created a Lego robot to do it for him.

This hits the ‘X’ button at about 67 times per minute, though I think only about 1/2 of them actually trigger the event. So more like 34 times per minute, 340 times every 10 minutes, about 2,000 per hour.

John Baichtal

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  1. mk b says:

    Oh wow, that’s the Technic Control Center. Vintage 1990 if I recall correctly. Sweet!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh cool, another one of these ridiculous things I can automate. I just finished making an almost fully automatic 360 controller. I used some 4066n analog switches (the broken controller I had was the really old matrix style) to control every button. All I have left to do is solder up some wires to the 4 analog stick sense pins (and probably do some resistor dividers to keep it at a default state when it’s not being driven), then the whole controller (well not the sync button…) will be automated. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do analog values for the triggers or sticks, but that’s probably not necessary. 

    I had a really crappy older version of this (with the same source controller) that did just a few buttons (ones that worked when directly driven from an arduino pin. not sure how it actually worked, but it did). I used that to get all of the campaign commendations in halo reach. I used the new one to get onyx in active reloads in gears 3 already, I’ll use it for this next.

  3. I hope the message here isn’t lost on the Gears of War 3 people.  

    1. Dave Nash says:

      The award is to manipulate 2000 objects while playing the campaign. You can do that like a normal person and just play it a bunch or you can be original and slightly nutty and have a lego robot do it for you. This isn’t a game flaw though.

  4. Moriash says:

    This kind of thing is the primary reason I’ve kept my 30+ year old Lego Technics kits: Lego is great for one-off prototypes and quick-and-dirty mechanical tasks.  Did something similar to this a few years back, grinding through the Fishing and Find Direction skills in Everquest (which blocked macro software and such):
    http://web.archive.org/web/20100326203954/http://www.psychicgoldfish.com/sub_page/whatido/keybot.htm
    Wish I had a film of it in operation now.  If memory serves, I took the “Keybot 2.0″ apart to make a powered set of lazy tongs for… Something or other. I’m sure I had a good reason.

  5. Dave Brunker says:

    I wonder how I could adapt that to play Desert Bus.

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