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Pumpkin Carving For the Digital Age: Pumpktris 40

antdude writes "Pumpktris is a fully playable version of Tetris built into a pumpkin, with 128 Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for the display and the stem serving as a game controller."
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Pumpkin Carving For the Digital Age: Pumpktris

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  • by OldSport ( 2677879 ) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @08:37PM (#41825869)

    I have officially lost.

    • by SeaFox ( 739806 )

      Speaking of dicks, did anyone else think the joystick/stem should have been a little shorter?
      It seemed really phallic-looking in the player's hands.

      • Speaking of dicks, did anyone else think the joystick/stem should have been a little shorter? It seemed really phallic-looking in the player's hands.

        Should be shorter? Phallic-looking is wrong? Are you kidding? Joystick was invented by a man. Not just any man, but an early French aviator to boot. And the name itself! You really think this is a coincidence? *nudge nudge, wink wink*

  • slow news day? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by iamhassi ( 659463 )
    So.... it's Tetris on a circuit board.... and he extended the wires for the LEDs and drilled holes in a pumpkin for the LEDs to shine through?

    Maybe I'm missing something..... why is this interesting?

    I understand playing tetris on a skyscraper, because A) it's a skyscraper B) getting the rooms to light up on queue is difficult, but this is just LEDs, it's just... normal tetris... but LOOK! It's in a Pumpkin!

    Can someone explain why this is interesting?
    • Re:slow news day? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @10:16PM (#41826479)
      1. It's holloween 2. dude programed an andrino to do tetris 3. dude drilled a zillion holes in a pumpkin and turned the stem into a joystick Is it amazing? No... but certainly creative, geeky, and fits the season.
    • by Penurious Penguin ( 2687307 ) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @10:21PM (#41826503) Journal
      I think it has something to do with Halloween. I doubt it would have made it through had it been an electrified parsnip or burning yam. I'd also be surprised if it makes it through again come next 4th of July. I know some folks are pretty hardcore around here, and that if they built a damned pumpkin, it would be built to last and do a helluva lot more than imitate an outdated video game. No, it would make SkyRim look like Atari, and would beam lasers to the space station and hover mid-air, during boot. I'd probably be lynched and hanged with wireless if I admitted to thinking it was neat. So I'll pretend I'm disappointed too.
      • No, it would make SkyRim look like Atari

        Atari is publishing a Neverwinter MMORPG [] next year. So in a sense, Idthesda's Skyrim does look like a forthcoming Atari product: they're both fantasy role-playing games.

      • I doubt it would have made it through had it been an electrified parsnip or burning yam.

        Dunno mate.

        I would totally go to a Burning Yam festival, especially if they have electric pumpkins there. Not so keen on Cinderfella though.

        • Cinderfella

          Would that be Guy Fawkes; or is my British off?
          - V?
          PS: Regarding the yams, I concur - with butter and honey.

          • Not so British - Jerry Lewis.

            And try some Malaysian Fatt Put (crispy yam ring, filled with chicken and cashew), if you get a chance.

    • Pumpkin display is still at an early stage of development.

      You obviously need to wait until Apple gets into the game and releases an iPumpkin with a Retina display and a touchPumpkin interface (patented of course). Of course, iPumpkins will only be available at Apple stores and may be limited to one per customer.

      • by drkim ( 1559875 )

        You obviously need to wait until Apple gets into the game...

        Actually, this guy is already in deep legal trouble.

        You see, Apple holds patent #9780870 which protects any, "...fruit named, or fruit-like objects, capable of playing or displaying only non-current computer games or video games."

        Additionally, Patent #94345350, gives them exclusive rights to, "...any object, article, device, thing, unit, planet, vehicle, body organ, fruit, vegetable, legume, or any other object or thing which can be discerned and/or observed; whether or not it has been discerned and/or obse

    • I like how he made the handle transparent.
    • by tbird81 ( 946205 )

      The were going to write an article on what you do, but "Slashdotter complains about 10,000th article" did not survive the Firehose.

    • No he didn't reinvent the wheel or create the next big thing to solve a problem, but he did manage to make me smile. Personally, I consider that a good thing.

      Considering the amount of crap being reported as news in the average newspaper, I guess this would count as "yellow press nerd news", and why not? It's a cute thing, and quite ingenious if you ask me to take an old custom like pumpkin carving and bring it into the digital age.

  • by Onuma ( 947856 ) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @09:10PM (#41826075)
    ...can never be stopped by boundaries of "That's a silly idea" or "That'll never work".

    Thank you nerds, techies, geeks and other misanthropic, misunderstood outcasts!
    Even though this project may just be a game, this type of devotion to science and technological innovation is how we have advanced as a species.
  • How long until Alexey Pajitnov and Henk Rogers get this shut down as an infringement of the copyright in Tetris []?
  • A true hacker would have used multicolor LEDs. Then he could havge gotten a real tetris not this lame imitation.
  • I had to click the link to look at it... *sigh*
  • Organic LEDs had come farther than this...
  • There's a guy on YouTube who implemented a much better clone of Tetris, complete with upcoming piece display, on RGB LEDs. []

    But they didn't think to shove it inside a pumpkin, so no one cared. There's an Apple analogy in there, somewhere.

  • he did amazing work!

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