September 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Air Guitar Whack-A-Mole Smashes Rodents When You Strum

Remember Whack-A-Mole? The game was often found at carnivals and in arcades, and the basic idea was that you had to smash moles on the head as they popped out of holes and then back down, to try to evade your padded mallet.

“Whack-A-Mole” is a popular metaphor among writers of a certain age looking for ways to describe impossible situations where problems arise as fast as they can be dealt with. Now, it’s an iOS music app game too.

Air Guitar Whack A Mole, presented by Ronald Mannak and Colin Karpfinger at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon, on Sunday, connects to their hardware guitar pick that has its own accelerometer to compliment that of your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

To switch the crosshairs onto a mole when it appears in time with whatever music is playing (thanks to beat-finding technology from The Echo Nest, which publishes Evolver.fm), you slide the device in the direction of that mole.

Then, simply strum the pick to whack the mole.

Mannak and Karpfinger told Evolver.fm that they plan to allow other developers to use their guitar-pick-for-iPhone, so we might be seeing more along these lines in the future.

Read about all of the music hacks from the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon.