MIT Huge Tetris Hack

I have earlier written about a tiny Tetris. Not is time for a big Tetris. At MIT, fun is accomplished with architecture. Hackers turn MIT Building into Tetris Game. MIT hackers have, for some time now, considered playing “Tetris on the Green Building” to be the mother of all MIT hacks because “the side of the building is a wonderful grid for the game”. They are using 153 windows on the side of the MIT Green building to host the game. It looks like the grid is nine windows wide and 15 stories tall. Players could control the puzzle a good distance away from the building, using a joystick attached to a podium to rotate, drop, and move blocks just like in the real game. Here is a video of this hack.

Here is another video of this hack.

The images on the windows aren’t projections; they’re probably LEDs placed inside each window and, of course, synched up with the game console at ground level via wireless. Hackers used 153 wirelessly controlled, color-changing LED lights for their enormous game. Slashdot told that MIT’s The Tech published an article with technical details behind the Tetris hack they did on the Green Building. The article includes photographs of the LED modules, as well as a link to some of the source code used in the hack. The hackers have released some of the source code on GitHub, and are looking for people to contribute code that could run on the system.

Nice hack.


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