Tinkerer Creates Playable T-Shirt Tetris

Tetris is a game that has endured for decades defying the advancements in computer graphics and processor speeds to gain new players every year. This past June 6 marked the 30th anniversary of Tetris, and to celebrate the occasion game fanatic Marc Kerger applied his programming and hardware skills towards creating the ultimate tribute of a playable Tetris t-shirt.

The Luxembourg resident created the t-shirt game using an Arduino Uno microcontroller board, 3D printed housing and a soft material for the buttons, two Adafruit Matrix controllers and 128 LED lights, which was inspired by an earlier hack of a pumpkin (fruit) on Instructables. The game requires four rechargeable AA batteries to be powered.

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Kerger also designed a t-shirt to house the hardware components, in which corresponds with the hidden hardware controls. A video showing how the unique Tetris t-shirt game is operated was also uploaded on Kerger’s Youtube channel.

“I always wanted a playable t-shirt, well now I made one myself,” Kerger said on the video’s page.

As he finishes a level of the game, the shirts screen displays the level number and the score as an arcade gaming machine would. There were no detailed instructions as to how you can make your own t-shirt Tetris game, but if you are interested in giving it a try you can start by checking out the same Instructables project that Kerger based his design on here.

10 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

Are you ready to have creative new ideas? Invent things, write stories, think new thoughts, and be the life of the conversation – just use the powerful techniques in this post. These techniques  can help you in effective thinking, better memory, and more creative problem-solving.





10. Exercise


It has been suggested as a means to improving brain capacity for several years, but scientists continue to find new evidence which points to a link between physical and mental health.

A Cambridge University study suggested that jogging just a couple of times a week stimulates the brain. After a few days of running, hundreds of thousands of new brain cells were shown to have grown in a region that is linked to the formation and recollection of memories.

An improved ability to recall memories without confusing them has a direct impact on other crucial cognitive tasks, and could lead to potential new ways of slowing down the deterioration of mental ability in old age.

Meanwhile, scientists have also recently found that particularly vigorous exercise helps release a protein that goes by the name of ‘noggin’.

The protein acts as a counter-agent to another protein, bone morphogenetic protein, thereby stimulating the increased division of brain stem cells, keeping the brain nimble and active as we get older. Research suggests that amplified production of noggin could therefore prevent the on-set of age-related brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

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9. An Afternoon Nap

While scientists have long suspected that sleep has a significant impact on the brain’s capacity for memory, recent research found that sleeping for an hour in the afternoon boosts brain power and dramatically increases its ability to learn new facts and tasks.

Having a nap after lunch acts as a regenerative aid, allowing the brain to ‘file’ away memories so that new information may be more easily retained.

The researchers discovered that those who stay awake all day are less likely to be able to learn new tasks as the day goes on, leading the experts to suggest that napping in the long-term may be conducive to staving off age-related degenerative mental diseases.

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