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Blow your mind with a Lumia 920 controlled DIY Labyrinth puzzle

We love DIY projects that use Windows Phones here at Windows Phone Central, and this project is nothing short of impressive. Almost veryone is familiar with the labyrinth puzzles you can purchase from local toy stores that task the player with tilting the maze to control the ball and reach the end of the puzzle, without dropping into any holes.

So that would make a rather cool app, right? Well, that's simply not good enough for developer Matt aka 'RogueCode' (who used to write for us and makes the awesome Ffffound app). He decided to make a DIY labyrinth puzzle that can be controlled by a Windows Phone (Lumia 920 is used in the demonstration above) and its on-board accelerometer.

Matt being an established developer, it has to be that step further and boy what a result he's managed to reach - we're impressed. As well as developing an app for his Windows Phone, Matt also built the labyrinth toy from scratch, mounting hardboard on a pair of servo motors that mimic the movements of the Lumia 920 shown in the video.

What's more is that when the ball reaches the end, a sensor detects the contact with two bridges, which then informs the Windows Phone that the puzzle has been completed (this stops the timer running on the smartphone).

Source: YouTube, via: Hackaday

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

21 Comments
  • :O
  • When form meets function.
  • How many of you started moving your phone while watching the video =D
  • I did! ;O)
  • Ufhfufbfufjfhfhfudhdjeuejfirhurjfjfejfjujrijfjrjdjeuhfi! That looks amazing!
  • Now...a toy helicopter! I'd love that.
  • That's awesome
  • veryone?
  • +1
  • +10
  • Pretty keen..
  • I would like to see Win8RT ported to a Lumia 920! Is this possible?
  • Freaking cool and the red Lumia 920 FTW! I would really love to see a YouTube or video app in general for Windows Phone 8 that could play videos as a double wide tile directly on the home screen while scrolling up and down. Then be able to jump into full screen by tapping on the tile. I wish I knew how to make apps! I would develop one for us.
  • Dear developer, start a Kickstarter project!!!
  • ^  This
  • Not sure people would pay for a little maze ;-)
    Would you?
  • roguecode is the truth! love ffffound, keep up the work bro!
  • Thank you :)
  • Thanks guys :D
    Check these previous things I did with the 920 too:
    http://blog.roguecode.co.za/Post/Netduino%2bSonar%2bWP8%2bBluetooth-Controllingsoundwithyourmind
    http://blog.roguecode.co.za/Post/ControllingaNetduinooverBluetoothwithWP8
    http://blog.roguecode.co.za/Post/MoreNetduino%2bWP8%2bBluetoothfun-3Dreconstruction
     
  • Awesome
  • Now do the drone head from Aliens lol