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This giant-size version of Operation from Brian of the Lansing Makers Network was an enormous hit at Maker Faire Detroit. The game is played just like the original and uses scaled up pieces and kitchen tongs as tweezers. An Arduino detects any false moves and reports them to a computer running a custom Processing sketch. In addition to keeping score, the sketch also keeps track of the the fastest times, peak usage, number of games played and any other information Brian, a self proclaimed data fanatic, could think of. I was a bit disappointed that the ‘scare you to death’ buzzer of the original was left out. Maybe he could work that in on the even larger version he’s building for next year?

Michael Castor

I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I’m a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.


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  1. Devin says:

    We use a similarly sized version as an outreach tool to teach kids about medical devices. Our version has the buzzer/light-up nose that operates using electromagnetic relays to close the circuit when contact is made. Some photos here, about 1/4 down the page: http://www.mdc.umn.edu/photogallery.html

  2. Daniel McCauley says:

    You’ve gotta have a steady hand!