The AS220 Fools Ball (MAKE is a sponsor) is happening tonight, Saturday June 28, at 8pm: 115 Empire Street, Providence, Rhode Island. My friend Kipp Bradford and I have been working on a Socialbomb-inspired wearable game, and we’ll have a few gamepieces at the Fools Ball. The Fools Brd is designed to be a flexible platform for social gaming. It’s got:

  • ATMega168 running the Arduino bootloader
  • An XBee for 802.15.4 wireless communications
  • Some push buttons
  • An 8×8 array of surface mount LEDs

For the Fools Ball, the board will be running a simple game: each gamepiece randomly chooses whether it likes or dislikes each other gamepiece. When your gamepiece is close to players it likes, it gets happier. When it’s close to players it dislikes, it gets sadder. The goal is to make it happy, keep it in a neutral mood, or make it sad, depending on how you feel.

Brian Jepson

Brian Jepson

I’m a tinkerer and finally reached the point where I fix more things than I break. When I’m not tinkering, I’m probably editing a book for Maker Media.

  • Collin Cunningham

    that’d make for interesting dev board, no?

  • The Oracle

    Exactly what I was thinking, Collin. I wonder what the cost would be like compared to the Arduino family.

  • Brian Jepson

    Thanks! Kipp and I are thinking about mass producing some of these. We have a few bugs to fix and some features to add, but we’re going to look into having them manufactured (Kipp did most of the surface mount work under a microscope and in a toaster oven with a little help from me and a lot of help from John Duksta of ).

  • Jason

    This is along the lines of something I have been thinking about doing. I thought it would be cool to combine the Playa Flies ( ) with and xbee so as to introduce some social interaction to the display. Put me on the list for a dev board!