EMSL’s interactive Conway’s Game of Life exhibit

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EMSL’s interactive Conway’s Game of Life exhibit
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Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories built this gigantic Game of Life interactive display.

Recently we put together this interactive Game of Life display as an educational adjunct for a new exhibit by the San Jose Museum of Art on the works of Leo Villareal. Leo primarily works with light sculptures, and we’re very excited to see (and participate in) the exhibit, which opens this Friday.

Each group of 8 lights has its own circuit board and ATmega164P microcontroller, and infrared proximity sensors tell it when someone touches the square. Each board had to be programmed individually, 44 in all! Super sweet.

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