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DIY FireHero Project 27

If you have a propane tank, an ultrasonic sensor, a copy of Guitar Hero and a touch of pyromania, this is the project for you. From the article: "For version 1 of FireHero, the player simply watches a video of the guitar hero chart and plays on the guitar accordingly. Version 2 of FireHero will have a much better system, with Autoplay functionality. I will be able to take a custom guitar hero chart, convert it into a MIDI file, and use Processing to analyze it and play FireHero to the track."

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DIY FireHero Project

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  • by MikeDX ( 560598 ) on Friday January 07, 2011 @12:36PM (#34792228) Journal

    Was it just me that thought the song was going to be "Through the fire and flames?"

  • by name_already_taken ( 540581 ) on Friday January 07, 2011 @12:40PM (#34792320)

    I use the same quick-disconnect fittings for compressed air. They leak like crazy when you move the hoses around. Using them for propane is just asking to die a horribly fiery death. Propane is heavier than air, so it will accumulate on the ground until it finds a source of ignition.

    I have to wonder why he's using copper tubing to connect the tanks instead of propane hose. The proper materials are not hard to find, and the copper will fail after it gets bent a few times. Once again, fiery death when you least expect it.

    • And that's on the high-pressure side too.

      I think modern propane tanks have some kind of fancy valve that closes if the flow-rate gets too high. But how much do you trust it?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      RTFA, student on a budget and well aware of the safety issues.

    • As with anything, common sense helps. The Burning Man people have been playing around with stuff like this for years, without anyone getting hurt. But then, we tend to be pretty careful with our toys (I have a poofer that shoots 30 ft. fireballs that I've been using for ten years). A friend of mine spearheaded Dance Dance Immolation a while back, where she shot propane torches at dancers (wearing full fire suits) who missed their moves. Yes, we play with fire, but we're good at it. If anyone's interested, t

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Rock Inferno (formerly also titled Fire Hero)? It was at burning man this year. It's a much more evolved version of this (probably where these guys got the idea actually)

  • He should install a set of small cylinders a few inches above each flame spout, something like a vegetable can with both ends cut off. In the center of each cylinder suspend a wire mesh, onto which you can place various salts. When the flame is forced through each cylinder the salts will burn and color the flame. Been a long time since chem class in which we burned salts/chemicals of various types over a burner but it should be pretty easy to find a list online of which materials produce which colors. It w
  • I get the technical aspect, its a cool hack. But the result is not something anyone needs to write home about. 5 nozzles spitting fire in sync to music. Am I just jaded?
    • by Jfire ( 1972420 )
      What about this version: []
    • by blair1q ( 305137 )


      But it is probably the ultimate way to make someone playing Guitar Hero sound even less like they're playing a guitar than a Guitar Hero controller does already.

    • by socz ( 1057222 )
      yeah a little, me too... but, what if they actually incorporate this into a live show? now THAT would be awesome! No more "rock star gets burned when pyrotechnic effect goes off at wrong time." I would rock that on stage! Guitar, drums, bass oh yeah!
  • Rock Inferno originally called Fire Hero Presented at Burning Man 2010... this version is a little more complete: [] []
  • I would love to see the different colors applied.

  • Ah finally, Frets on Fire taken to its logical conclusion.

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