You can make game controllers out of Ikea products

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How much should a video game controller mimic real-world motion? Is direct 1-1 action like a punch or swipe better than symbolic interactions like a button press? Should games be able to give you real, physical feedback? Forget about all those questions for a minute, because somebody is making game controllers out of Ikea products. Open Controllers is a project developed by artist Marc Dubois, with help from others at the ECAL university of art and design in Switzerland, that pairs the sensors of your average smartphone with the utilitarian convenience of cheap home goods.

With a pair of bowls and some wooden trivets, you can make a wooden ball that recognizes when it’s rolling through the phone’s gyroscope — players can roll a similar…

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