Guitar Hero with a Banjo
The “Oh No Banjo” exhibit has to be one of the cooler bits we’ve seen from the Game Developers Conference currently underway. The showcase featured the work of students who participated in the “Alternative Controllers Seminar” at Rochester Institute of Technology last semester. They created this modified play instrument by taking a guitar game-controller and building a true to form banjo around it. They even wrote custom software and musical arrangements to go with it (making it even more “Banjo Hero” ready). Another final project from the seminar was the “deformable surface controller”, which gives game players the ability to navigate through multiple points of contact in three dimensions without requiring hardware like lasers and pressure sensors.