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Hack Electronic Pushbuttons

Tap into your electronic devices and take control.

By Peter Edwards

IN THIS TUTORIAL I’LL EXPLAIN HOW you can easily hack the controls of almost any electronic device. Why would you want to? Maybe you want to rewire a Nintendo joystick to your computer so you can control Mario via Max/MSP. Maybe you want to set up magnetic sensors to steer a remote control car while you’re tap-dancing. Or wire the buttons in your TV remote to big, arcade-style buttons mounted in your coffee table. Or modify a musical instrument (as I’ll show here). There are countless possibilities.

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