ECE 5760 students Meng-Ling (Maxwell) Liu, Thu-Thao Nguyen and Yang Yang designed a breakout game that they call HAND BREAKING BRICKS but this game is not controlled the way classic breakout games are, it’s controlled with hand motions!!
The project is basically consisting of a CCD camera, a DE2 FPGA board and a VGA monitor and the game can be played using real-time hand motions.
“In order control the game using hand motions, we need a device to track hand movement. We chose the Terasic CCD kit, which consists of a 1.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and an IDE cable to connect to the GPIO port of the DE2 board.”
The image is captured by the camera and sent to the FPGA board, then a skin color detection scheme will detect the hand position in every recorded frame.
The control part contains the game algorithm that produces signals to the VGA controller and the audio codec. Via these signals, the game interface can be displayed on the VGA monitor and the corresponding sound will play from the speakers and both game graphics and skin color detection scheme are developed in hardware in order to display the images in real time without flickering.
Check out the project website to learn more about this excellent work and know everything about the hardware specifications and design and check all the tests and results obtained by this group of students.The full source code is also available to download.
I really find this project so interesting since real-time motion tracking has been very popular in the modern game techonology.What about you?
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Read the article to watch a demo video of this game.