Pumpktris: The "Tetris"-Playing Pumpkin (Video)

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy noone's thinking about Halloween. But we found something that just may restore the feeling of the holiday: a pumpkin with which you can play a real game of Tetris. Forget those traditional jack-o-lanterns, this is on an entirely different level. 

Built by Nathan Pryor, the idea stemmed from an idea to "make forms to shape pumpkins into Tetris pieces as they grew, then stack them together for Halloween." But as the holiday grew near, pryor realized he had no time to grow pumpkins and decided to build a pumpkin that could play Tetris instead. 

Using an LOLShield, a programmable LED matrix that works with the open-source Adrino platform, Pryor took 126 LEDs, 256 pieces of heat-shrinking tubing, and 313 solder joints to create a pumpkin that someone could use to play the 28-year-old game, with the stem as the controller. 

For a play-by-play on how Pumpktris was made, click here and watch the above video. If you have some free time (and, for all my Sandy survivors, electricity), maybe you can build one of your own. 

[via Haha Bird]

Tags: halloween, tetris, pumpkin
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