Football Hero


For Kasabian’s new single Underdog, they decided to do something original. After dreaming up a Guitar Hero style controller powered by soccer football players, they set out to make it happen. Using 5 wall mounted pressure sensors connected to a microcontroller, they hooked up the rig to a computer running Frets on Fire (an open source Guitar Hero clone) with a custom version of their single. After an afternoon of practice, the team was able to 5 star the song, and while this isnt the only or most complex Guitar Hero hack, we would love to have this in our house.

Video after the break.


  1. SheeEttin says:

    Well, that’s one way to get a workout (and practice your kicks (and have fun) at the same time).

  2. Drew says:

    But that’s not football, it’s soccer!

  3. bearchild says:

    English band, they get to use the PROPER NAME. :D

  4. medix says:

    @Drew: We Americas are the ones who’ve perverted the names of sports, not the other way around. I’m still astounded why football (the real kind) and rugby aren’t more popular here..

  5. Jamie says:

    @bearchild @medix

  6. Kyle says:

    cos you’re too wimpy to play contact sports without wrapping yourself in padding first?

  7. medix says:

    @Jamie: Sorry.. forgot the /sarcasam tag. ;)

    @Kyle: WTF are you talking about? I meant exactly the opposite (well, perhaps for the rest of the population, I can see your point).. though I don’t care much for contact sports. I prefer hanging off a cliff some 300′ off the ground ‘on the sharp end’..

  8. Zorink says:

    and they even used an Arduino!

  9. Paul says:

    This looks like awesome fun!

  10. tj says:

    It’s not football without hooligans, it’s soccer.

  11. Spork says:

    Hack A Day wouldn’t have posted it otherwise.

    This was interesting to watch/read about, but they should have made a music video with it or something, not just a short documentary type thing.

  12. M4CGYV3R says:

    Even Kasabian uses arduinos!

    This has to be one of the most fun promo videos I’ve ever seen.

  13. Hitek146 says:

    ^^Yea, with riots = football, sans riots = soccer…

  14. bizarreon says:

    I personally hate football as a sport!

    To call it soccer would just be crazy – Football- let’s split this up – Foot- Ball, that’s what the games about hitting a ball with your foot.

    Soc-cer? – eh yeah?

    @medix – Finally an American that’s seen the light and realised that the Americans have a tenancy of butchering things.

    What ticks me of is when I’m on xbox live and a little American child tells me to go learn to speak English – Mate I’m from England you go brush up on your skills.

    On another no *rant over* – Not a fan of Kasabian but that’s very very clever of them, especially with the new DJ Hero.

  15. atanok says:

    “Video after the break” is after the break.

  16. Frogz says:

    although I strongly disapprove of arduino in all of it’s forms, I have to admit not only is this a really well made game interface/system but also imagine the fut bol skills this is building, it would be better if each lane had a way to guide the balls back to the starting position to allow for faster reload and ability to play a longer, continued game, also it would make play by a single person a lot more feasable instead of hoping they will bounce exactly back to the player who kicked it

  17. Henry says:

    Hey, good stuff! Keep bringing it. :)

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