Ardu Ready for a Tetris Bracelet? #WearableWednesday
This bracelet was humorously labeled as “Fashion Meets Frustration” over on Gizmodo. This Ardubracelet, is actually a cousin to the Arduboy — an interactive digital entertainment card. It uses the same ATmega 328 chip with three OLED displays all on a flexible circuit board. The folks at Arduboy think it needs some cleaning up with some 3D printed parts, but honestly, I like the raw look of the copper and wires. If they do go plastic, I’m hoping it is clear.
Possibly the only improvement I can see is making the buttons easier for larger fingers. Maybe they can make them into horizontal links that span the band, much like watchband links. Speaking of watch, they are working on another prototype that may include time, social media, email and other games, which means they will outgrow the current chip. It’s definitely a fun wearable experiment and the OLED displays make for some easy-to-read action.
So, what time is it? Time to make your own Tetris device. Start with our DIY Pocket Tetris tutorial and then figure out how to make it into a wearable. After all, it uses our Trinket microcontroller, which is already tiny and mighty. Sounds like a fun challenge, and if you make it, we’ll blog about it for ya!
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Totally love this! Anything Tetris is amazing (I hope it makes a cameo in the Tetris movie). What other games do you think would be possible with the monochrome display? It would be cool to get the “Game of Life” as a sort of screen saver.