Technology Wearables
EKG-controlled Game of Life hoodie

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Joe Saavedra writes:

The concept is a wearable version of Conway’s Game of Life, that is controlled by the current state of your life. Essentially, a wearable extension of your heart, externalized in the form of Conway’s Life. A custom circuit includes an infrared EKG monitor that resets the Game each time a heartbeat is detected. Heartbeat data is analyzed by a hackduino which resets an ATMega48 chip, part of Adafruit’s kit controlling Life, which is embedded in the chest of a hoodie. Conductive thread is used to connect the 16 LED matrix to the circuit board which is kept in a pocket towards the bottom of the hoodie.

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2 thoughts on “EKG-controlled Game of Life hoodie

  1. Nice idea… I remember back in the early 80s when I began tinkering with BASIC and typed in all the code for LIFE from a magazine (BYTE, maybe?)… I was hooked.

    I like this but I’d prefer a larger resolution – maybe 16 x 16 or even 32 x 32?

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