Don't Try 'FireHero' At Home: Guitar Hero With Pyrotechnics
by Jeremy Pennycook
Pyrotechnics and epic guitar solos are often synonymous. But rarely would one think Guitar Hero could bring the same level of fire power as a rock concert.
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Chris Marion might change that with FireHero, a playable fire sculpture. He's a high school student who hacked a Guitar Hero controller to interface with a propane-powered flamethrower. In about a week, he was able map each of five individual solenoid valves to a corresponding button on the controller. It's almost as cool as the musical Tesla Coil.
hide captionEach jet of flame correspondes to one of the colored buttons on a Guitar Hero contoller.
Each jet of flame correspondes to one of the colored buttons on a Guitar Hero contoller.
To play FireHero, one would simply play along with the normal Guitar Hero track. When hitting the yellow button, for instance, this would trigger the middle flame jet.
On his website, Marion details the creation process. He says he will continue to improve the system and is looking for input on what features to add. He hopes to enable an autoplay feature to play the most technically challenging songs and other advanced features. Will we see a star power feature turning the flames blue, perhaps?