A genius engineer wires a bicycle motor for a realistic video game
Did you grow up playing video games? If you’re like me, you absolutely have, and the way games have grown over time is nothing short of amazing. Yet even good things can always be better. If you’re the kind of person who has a severe case of Engineering Brain, you may find yourself unwittingly calculating the exact ways you, personally, can improve every task you come across in your life.
My friends, this is what the Teenenggr YouTube channel is all about. In this particular video, engineering student Jatin Patel started with a relatively simple question. He was playing Grand Theft Auto V and thought it would be nice if he could feel the bike a bit more realistically while sitting at his computer. His YouTube channel is dedicated to Arduino and Raspberry Pi tutorials, so you can probably guess what he did next.
It’s true; he got himself a small-displacement motorcycle engine, put it on his desk next to his monitor, wired up an Arduino microcontroller, and wrote some code to control the throttle from his keyboard. You might have to watch this video a few times to appreciate all the little details, from the rubber chicken you squeeze to start the bike, to the rebound Pencil Shin-chan bobblehead shaking its tiny little head in the first run.
When Patel switches from a bike to a mountain bike in the video, he decides he wants a little different experience. So he takes the exhaust off for the next bit – or, at least, for as long as it took to shoot this video. By the way, if you’re wondering how he handled all the fumes he generated while the engine was running, Patel said the reader that he used both an exhaust fan and a mask during this project. We don’t know what his family and/or neighbors think, but I hope they can appreciate his creativity, his talent and his sense of humor.
While his other videos don’t seem to involve bikes (at least so far), that seems like the kind of thing Teenenggr likes to do on his channel, so you might want to check it out. We particularly recommend the Red Dead Redemption 2 horse simulator (no spoilers). It seems from Patel’s other work on this channel that if users ask, he publishes the code he writes for these projects on his Github and then links it later in the video descriptions. Since February 4, 2022, this GTA V the video is very new, so the code is not in place yet. However, that may be in the future, so you might want to check later.