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Cookie Clicker – iPhone ‘cheat’

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I like my cheats a bit old-skool so came up with this way of getting up to 50 clicks per second using a small solenoid to move your finger for you! Lazy? Yes. Cunning? Yes. Practical? No, not really. But hey, it’s only clicking a cookie.

Here’s the science… I used a small solenoid controlled via an Arduino board connected to my computer to ‘tap’ my finger. Took about 10 mins to put together with the help of this great tutorial on Instructables, and even uses the built in basic ‘Blink” Arduino demo code. Easy!

This example is a bit clunky but when you hit the sweet spot, it’s doing 50 clicks per second. More if you tweak the code. In fact, the app hangs it clicks so fast!

solenoid

UPDATE: I original solenoid in this video was quite weak and didn’t have a return spring (I had to improvise one), so I ordered a new one of Ebay described as “DC 5V 1.1A Pull 5mm Stroke 50GF Force Open Frame Solenoid Electromagnet“. Try searching for that if you want one too. Cost about £3.60 and looks like this…

Incidentally, I did try to make a ‘false finger’ using an old Nerf dart covered in that anti-static bag stuff, but in the end, a real finger was much more reliable. And yes, you could just edit the plist, but where’s the fun in that!

Right, back to doing important things…

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