It was recently the 30th anniversary of the classic video game Tetris. Tetris was extremely popular and has an addictive tune that will get stuck in your head, especially if you spent hours in your formative years playing the game. Here's how Wikipedia describes Tetris' popularity:
"The game (or one of its many variants) is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, as well as on devices such as graphing calculators, mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs, Network music players and even as an Easter egg on non-media products like oscilloscopes. It has even inspired Tetris serving dishes and been played on the sides of variousOne fan of Tetris, Marc Kerger from Luxembourg, decided that Tetris deserved to be playable on his clothing. So he hacked a shirt with readily available components from the DIY world of microcontrollers (MCUs), and he now has his playable shirt.
buildings...Electronic Gaming Monthly's 100th issue had Tetris in first place as
"Greatest Game of All Time"...In January 2010, it was announced that Tetris had
His shirt's Tetris game was created with an Arduino Uno, two Adafruit Matrix controllers, a 2 X 64 LED matrix (8 X 8) Flat SMD RGB LEDs (only one color soldered), four AA rechargeable batteries, 3D printed housings for the Arduino and the batteries and 3D printed soft material for the game-play buttons. Oh yeah, and Marc's shirt.
|Marc, playing his Tetris shirt|
In Adafruit's blog post about this mobile game shirt, they mention that,
"Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA."
|Sewable Arduino-compatible FLORA|
When we have a couple people in the Humboldt Microcontrollers Group who are interested in doing a fabric wearable computing project, we'll connect with a few people skilled with sewing machines at Origin Design Lab in Eureka and see if we can get a collaborative project going.