Brendan Byrne 


is a designer and makerspace specialist from Brooklyn. He currently manages StudioLab at Princeton University.

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Games & Controllers


You can’t play a video game without a controller, but the good news is that you can pick whatever controller you want or even make your own. Simply changing the input method can radically alter the way a game is experienced. These devices celebrate what becomes possible when you decide to break out from the confines of the D-pads, triggers, bumpers, analog sticks, and buttons.


Push All the Buttons

Push All The Buttons is a game with no rules and, as its name implies, a single objective. Players are encouraged to explore and experiment with different techniques to achieve victory. A 128 Arduinome and Max patch serve as the games platform.

Sea Bees

Sea Bees is a virtual pet game inspired by the original Tamogotchi. In it, you raise a unique breed of underwater bee by providing nutritious food and making sure they beehave themselves. Perform your apiary duties adequately and your companion will grow and evolve. There’s a complex branching evolution tree for players to explore. The device is battery operated, so you can take it everywhere you go.

Panoramical Controller

Fifty special edition controllers were made for early supporters of Panoramical. The laser cut walnut and acrylic cases were sanded and then assembled by hand. The electronic components consisted of a custom printed circuit board and a USB microcontroller. Another larger version was designed for the Game Science Center in Berlin for public display and use.


Super Sequence Fighter

Super Sequence Fighter is a video game controller based on a step-sequencer. Players program their commands using two sets of slide potentiometers: one for movements and another for attacks. These commands are stepped through sequentially and executed automatically. Other controls are used for altering the rate that the steps advance, limiting the number of steps, and reversing the direction of the sequence.

7-SDS

The 7-SDS (Seven-Segment Display Synthesizer) is a rudimentary computer for displaying text. It is capable of programming six LED displays through the use of an array of switches. Due to the limited resolution of the displays, all but a handful of Roman characters can be represented. W, X, K, M, and Q are the exceptions.

This limitation was the inspiration for generating a lipogram, a constrained writing technique in which selected letters of the alphabet cannot be used to compose a text. In addition to this, all words must be entered on the 7-SDS in six-letter blocks. Blocks may contain more than a word, but a word may never be split across more than one block.

Envoy

Envoy is a tangible text adventure. You assume the role of a space captain en route to an alien world. On board your ship is a diplomat who will bring an end to a war that has divided the galaxy for centuries. But all is not as it seems. The player must use their wit and puzzle-solving abilities to ensure the envoy arrives safely.