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Tetris Shirt: An Ultimate Wearable and Playable Tribute

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Some games fade into a blur in the “history of games”, and some endure for decades like?Tetris, defying progressions in processor speeds and computer graphics to consistently gain new players.

For the?30th Anniversary of?Tetris, Marc?Kerger?created an ultimate wearable tribute to the game: a playable and wearable?Tetris?shirt.

Wearables?are extremely popular, and some companies have created tech clothing before like Microsoft with its Microsoft Charging Pants, but none of them is as quite as interesting as the?Tetris?shirt.

According to?Kerger, he used 128?LEDs, 3D printed housing, an?Arduino?Uno?micro controller, soft materials for the buttons, two?Adafruit?Matrix controllers and 4AA batteries.

In the above video, you can see?Kerger?playing?Tetris?in real-time and whenever he finishes a game, the shirt screen displays the score and the level number. It should be obvious that the shirt was specially designed to function as a?display?unit. It?s quite?likable?and an amusing shirt if you’ll ask me.

Obviously,?Kerger?isn’t the only aficionado of?Tetris?who holds a bragging?right. Steve Wozniak is also a fan of?Tetris?that he reigned as Americas#1?Tetris?Champion for so long. Bad thing is, he?s really good in?Tetris?that he got banned from Nintendo Power.

“I constantly had the top score for Gameboy Tetris in the Nintendo Power rankings. It got to where they wanted fresh names in the list and said they would not accept my submissions any longer. So I spelled my name backwards (Evets Kainzow) and changed the city from Los Gatos to Saratoga. Sure enough, they printed that name at the top of the next list of scores. I even have that issue of Nintendo Power, thanks to a thoughtful fan who gifted me with it recently.”

Going back to Kerger, there wasn’t any detailed information on how?he?made?the shirt?or how you can make your own?Tetris?shirt.?However, you can check?Pumpktris?instructions at?Instructables?where he based his design.

Image Source:?Anton Novoselov

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