By Jeffrey Yates and Thomas Gowing

Rock Band 2 is a popular video game enjoyed by millions on their Xbox 360 console game systems. However, unlocking all of the available songs is a task that many players do not have time or patience for. In addition, many players wish they had talented players to achieve high scores with. We have designed a system that is able to beat Rock Band songs on any difficulty, playing up to four instruments at a time. Implemented on an FPGA, the design is capable of highly accurate, real-time results. Video is read directly from the Xbox without any external sensors mounted on the TV. Modifications were made to the Rock Band instruments that maintain their original functionality and wireless radios were used to allow users to play the game far away from the Xbox. Advanced detection algorithms allow this device to achieve near-perfect scores and compete with any human.

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