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Hackers Connect Shock Collars to Sega Genesis Controllers

By - Source: via Engadget | B 37 comments

Now that's an incentive to play well...

No doubt you've had some experience with game controllers that rumble, vibrate, or otherwise provide feedback when you screw up. A pair of French hackers have taken things to the next level. Instead of minor physical feedback that does nothing but notify you of your mistake (as if you didn't already know, silly controller!), Dyak and Furrtek rigged up a system that actually inflicts pain when you get hit.

The pair got their hands on a couple of those electric collars that some dog owners use to teach their dog not to bark all day long while they're not home. The idea is that the collar administers a shock to the dog when he barks. The dog then begins to associate barking with the pain from the shock and stops barking unnecessarily. Except in this instance, instead of a dog, they put the collars on themselves. They hacked their Sega Genesis console so that it would signal the controllers when they took a hit. This signal would translate to a shock from the dog collar.

Check out the video of their exploits below. For more on how they did it, check our Furrtek.org (Google Translate warning: The original text is in French).

Sega Genesis Shock Collar

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    magicandy , August 11, 2012 8:52 PM
    Why is the stock picture a 360 controller? Really?
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    wavetrex , August 11, 2012 7:14 PM
    AAAhh aah merde!! aaah non non MERDE#&*@ aaaah !

    Lol this was so incredibly funny =)
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    wavetrex , August 11, 2012 7:14 PM
    AAAhh aah merde!! aaah non non MERDE#&*@ aaaah !

    Lol this was so incredibly funny =)
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2012 7:32 PM
    Better use for them than on a Dog!

    Electric Dog Collars are designed for shit arse lazy Dog owners to stupid to learn how to train their dog properly!

    Let me stick that collar on your neck and teach you how not to talk.
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    wiinippongamer , August 11, 2012 7:55 PM
    I thought the controller itself gave you a shock, like they managed to strap the collar to it somehow, that'd be nice.
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    mmstick , August 11, 2012 8:30 PM
    This isn't exactly newsworthy.
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    magicandy , August 11, 2012 8:52 PM
    Why is the stock picture a 360 controller? Really?
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    aftcomet , August 11, 2012 8:53 PM
    Reminds of smell-o-vision.

    I don't understand this crap at all. Inflict pain? Why? To improve the experience? How about you kill yourself when you die in the game? That's sound very realistic.

    Games should be enjoyable and relaxing at all times. Not frustrating, painful, and idiotic.
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    blazorthon , August 11, 2012 9:18 PM
    PennanenThis just proves that french people are wussies. They take them off after 1 hit.


    Discriminatory much? Besides, they both took more than one hit before taking them off several times.
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    Kreth , August 11, 2012 9:35 PM
    blazorthonDiscriminatory much? Besides, they both took more than one hit before taking them off several times.

    Obviously you are not in college anymore
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    alidan , August 11, 2012 9:47 PM
    god i would love one of these

    than again, one of these probably wouldn't effect me much, electricity doesn't hurt me the same way it does most people.
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    blazorthon , August 11, 2012 10:00 PM
    alidangod i would love one of thesethan again, one of these probably wouldn't effect me much, electricity doesn't hurt me the same way it does most people.


    It's cheating if you ground yourself.
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2012 10:02 PM
    Back to the atari 800 days i made an audio filter that takes the buzzing sound when somebody lost a piece on some board games ,and conected them to a transformer so every time you loose a piece you receive an electrical shock(the higher the tone the more painful the shock),it was a blast then guys start to bring audio amplifiers an bigger transformers so we start making chained teams i somebody loose a piece all the team get a shock......sigh those were the days....it also worked great on the old intelivision games but controller were so unreliable that we run out of them...lol
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2012 10:39 PM
    You're mixing the shock collar with a bark collar; a bark collar is automatic and sound-activated, whenever the dog barks it emits an odor which is very unpleasant for dogs (e.g., bitter apple or bitter orange), and over the time, it teaches the dog not to be too noisy when left alone. A shock collar is a remote-controlled, manually operated device used by professional trainers as a last resort for the obedience training of problem dogs who would otherwise be put down. Shock collars, sadly, are also used by morons who just don't know any better, and the result is often a permanently crippled or severely physically/mentally damaged dog. If it was up to me, these torture devices would be made illegal for non-professional use.
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2012 10:48 PM
    PS: btw, when I said "morons" I was referring to irresponsible dog owners and not these Sega Genesis guys, these fellows are just very late to the party (I mean Genesis? Really? What's next for them, Atari sticks that spray lemon juice?)
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    jaquith , August 12, 2012 12:12 AM
    Total Tards! :pfff: 

    I'd like to see them strap it to their balls, like this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4IoUo_ZJkY&feature=player_detailpage#t=86s
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    f-14 , August 12, 2012 12:18 AM
    epic! every console game should be REQUIRED to wear this!
    justsomerandomjoeYou're mixing the shock collar with a bark collar; a bark collar is automatic and sound-activated, whenever the dog barks it emits an odor which is very unpleasant for dogs (e.g., bitter apple or bitter orange), and over the time, it teaches the dog not to be too noisy when left alone. A shock collar is a remote-controlled, manually operated device used by professional trainers as a last resort for the obedience training of problem dogs who would otherwise be put down. Shock collars, sadly, are also used by morons who just don't know any better, and the result is often a permanently crippled or severely physically/mentally damaged dog. If it was up to me, these torture devices would be made illegal for non-professional use.

    i trained dogs as a kid, shock collars have settings, you adjust the settings for the size of the dog and also don't buy one with a 9v/12v system for a tiny dog as it would kill it or leave the dogs as you described.
    kind of like fitting a battery for the device you are using, you wouldn't hook up a car battery for your pen or key chain light.
    the owners manual always says you should test the device on yourself before placing it on the animals.
    the high volatage ones are desgined for bigger dogs that like to bite passersby on the side walks and roads and the dogs who like to chase cars and it works maginificently as they give audible warnings before they activate allowing animals to learn they are doing something wrong. the high end models even have a remote for when you take your dog/animal (horse, pig, other{you laugh but i see it enough to mention it}) to the park or out on a jog or what not.
    just don't carry the remote in your pocket other things like keys can press up on the remote buttons can trigger the collar to shock for no reason as i first found out on a bike ride with my dog :( 
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    JOSHSKORN , August 12, 2012 1:01 AM
    I don't think my Sega Genesis controllers looked like the XBOX one pictured.
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    alidan , August 12, 2012 1:21 AM
    f-14epic! every console game should be REQUIRED to wear this!i trained dogs as a kid, shock collars have settings, you adjust the settings for the size of the dog and also don't buy one with a 9v/12v system for a tiny dog as it would kill it or leave the dogs as you described.kind of like fitting a battery for the device you are using, you wouldn't hook up a car battery for your pen or key chain light.the owners manual always says you should test the device on yourself before placing it on the animals.the high volatage ones are desgined for bigger dogs that like to bite passersby on the side walks and roads and the dogs who like to chase cars and it works maginificently as they give audible warnings before they activate allowing animals to learn they are doing something wrong. the high end models even have a remote for when you take your dog/animal (horse, pig, other{you laugh but i see it enough to mention it}) to the park or out on a jog or what not.just don't carry the remote in your pocket other things like keys can press up on the remote buttons can trigger the collar to shock for no reason as i first found out on a bike ride with my dog


    to bad you cant shock collar kids... have a satan spawn of a brother, will destroy everything, and cant be reasoned with.
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    bystander , August 12, 2012 1:26 AM
    The first thought that comes to mind is, "what idiots".
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    nforce4max , August 12, 2012 1:41 AM
    PennanenThis just proves that french people are wussies. They take them off after 1 hit.


    Euros now days (mainly those my age and younger) are mostly cowards that will do anything to cheat and not lose. Almost spineless and without any moral values well most of them. Eastern euros are terrible with their big mouths, big tempers, and equally massive egos. I would know I play on a wow server that 90%+ of its population is from europe. The younger they are the worse they are and usually they have unrealistic expectations of others to cater to all their needs. As for the old farts here I suggest that you drop by any university or college for an update because people that are my age from there are no where near the same as past generations. They have no respect for difference of opinion and are extremely rude.

    The worst ones are total elitist dicks that think they are like gods.
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