Created on 08 Nov 2017

Experience the true drama and adrenaline of survival as you fly through narrow gaps in immersive first person VR

With our hot take on the infamous Flappy Bird game, you will be able to flap your wings to control yourself and see through the eyes of the Flappy. How far can you go? After getting into our harness and putting on our Google Daydream VR headset, players will flap our wing controllers and take to the sky. With each flap of their arms, our wing sensors will send a signal to our harness system that will safely lift them up into the air and reinforce the sensation of upward flight. Of course, players will have to keep flapping their wings to maintain altitude just as they do in the original game; the harness system will slowly lower players if they stop flapping.


Maverick Chen


Efrain Barbosa


Austin Milford-Rosales


Stephen Scott


Roberto Andaya

Part Cost Quantity Total
Linear Bearings $9.95 2 $19.90
Attaching to the ball screw system
Screws $13.49 1 $13.49
Screws to attach the wood together
Arduino+ Bluetooth Battery $7.95 4 $31.80
Powering the Arduino + Bluetooth Controllers (edited by officers)
Matress Topper $11.10 2 $22.20
This cover over metal parts that we deem to be unsafe
Safety Harness $69.99 2 $139.98
System for lifting and lowering person in game
Square Stock $67.84 1 $67.84
48 inches long stock. This is to be attached to the hoist that we will be using
Impact Mat $60.76 2 $121.52
Mat for safety reasons , mostly to make everyone feel safer
Shaft Collars $5.85 3 $17.55
For attaching to ball screw system. These will be physical safety stops
Pleather Cover $5.98 5 $29.90
This is to be placed around the foam so that it can be held in place
Bolts $8.38 1 $8.38
Bolts for attaching our system
Balancers $21.06 4 $84.24
Part Number: 6739A41. So that they do not rotate in-game
Emergency Off Button $10.39 1 $10.39
More Safety Features to turn off system
Power Supply $23.96 1 $23.96
To power the stepper motor
Test Motor $15.84 1 $15.84
A motor that we want to test out to see if it can hold up to the loads and speed
Stepper Motor and Driver $101.28 1 $101.28
Motor for lifting and lowering person
Birch Plywood $49.98 2 $99.96
This is the flooring for the system and is stiff birch plywood.
2X4 wood $3.42 9 $30.78
For further safety on supporting hoist system.
Bluetooth Assests $20.00 1 $20.00
Code that makes it easy for Arduino to Bluetooth communication
Pipe Assests $5.00 1 $5.00
Graphics for making custom game. Not sure how this can be transferred to the game easily.
Accelerometers $17.50 2 $35.00
This is for measuring the acceleration of a bird flapping motion
Arduino + Bluetooth $32.95 3 $98.85
This is an Arduino plus a Bluetooth system together. Communication with controllers and motor.
Project Totals: 49 $997.86
Track 2 Base Budget: $999.00
Preferred Vendor Budget Bonus: $0.00
Remaining Budget: $1.14
Roberto Andaya 19 Jan 2018, 5:12 p.m. EST
This was the best Build 18 of my career. We finished literally everything we wanted and it was not last minute. We presented and nothing exploded. Such a smooth experience. Shout out to all the officers for helping us out and being bros.
Austin Milford-Rosales 19 Jan 2018, 11:55 a.m. EST
All of our software is working, our arduinos are behaving as expected, and the game is functional, the phone is connecting to both bluetooth modules correctly, the custom shield for the wrist flapping part works great, and we have no way to move this structure to the site of the demos without taking it apart. Hopefully we'll see y'all there!
Austin Milford-Rosales 19 Jan 2018, 11:18 a.m. EST
Everything works and we have integrated all the parts except for the motion sensor for flapping, and we are making do with a remote. A video of live flight is at the following link (on my facebook profile, we were live for a bit): Also, there's a video on the previously linked youtube channel.
Maverick Chen 19 Jan 2018, 7:06 a.m. EST
Our project now supports bluetooth communication between the wing, motor, and phone bluetooth modules!!! All that remains is to connect the motor bluetooth endpoint to the actual motor.
Austin Milford-Rosales 19 Jan 2018, 6:38 a.m. EST
We now have successful flapping due to Maverick's useage of the brutal connection method!
Austin Milford-Rosales 19 Jan 2018, 5:47 a.m. EST
A further update: We have raised and lowered Roberto, a 200-pound handsome man!
Roberto Andaya 19 Jan 2018, 4:48 a.m. EST
hit some bugs and build problems. Our team marches forward and waiting for that second wind.
Austin Milford-Rosales 19 Jan 2018, 3:47 a.m. EST
We have successfully suspended, lifted, and lowered a test dummy!
Roberto Andaya 19 Jan 2018, 12:55 a.m. EST
Motor system now online. Bluetooth truly working final final 2.0 . Game is an experience bruh.
Austin Milford-Rosales 18 Jan 2018, 9:21 p.m. EST
we figured out how to live stream the view from the vr headset through youtube, but may change in the future. Here's the link to the channel where all streaming will happen:
Austin Milford-Rosales 18 Jan 2018, 5:33 p.m. EST
Our game now works! We are hoping to complete the flap detector for the arm soon so that we have a complete harness-independent game, leaving harness integration for later tonight.
Austin Milford-Rosales 18 Jan 2018, 4:02 p.m. EST
Our frame is coming along well and we have bluetooth working!